A poison is any substance that can cause illness, injury or death. Poisonings can occur when a harmful substance is swallowed, inhaled or is spilled on the skin           or in the eyes. Some poisonous substances can cause very mild symptoms like irritation in the mouth or         nausea, while others can cause more serious symptoms and can sometimes be fatal. What is Poison? Poison & Your Children  The top 5 household items involved in poisoning in children under 6 are: Young children are at the greatest risk for poisoning because they like to explore and mimic the behavior of older siblings and adults. They haven’t learned yet what is safe for them to eat and drink and what might hurt them. Often, they will eat or drink anything that is left within their reach. Many products look alike, and this can be very confusing for small children. Often medicine is mistaken for candy by young children. Most medicines are small and brightly colored like candy, and sometimes even taste like candy. 1. Cosmetics and personal care products 2. Cleaning substances 3. Analgesics (acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen) 4. Plants 5. Foreign bodies (toys, batteries, coins)