*Urgent* DS2 had just overdosed on chewable vitamins

(45 Posts)
Wisp Tue 18-Nov-08 12:38:05

They are holland and barratt animal chews with calcium. No iron in them. On hold to NHS direct and panic is kicking in!shit shit shit

had about 30..

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ledodgy Tue 18-Nov-08 12:39:34

I think it would be iron that would be the worry so you're ok on that score. I think the rest is likley to give him the runs at worst. I'm not an expert though so i hope he's ok.

ledodgy Tue 18-Nov-08 12:41:01

What vitamins did they contain I think vitamin A and vitamin B is a worry?

WilyWombat Tue 18-Nov-08 12:41:17

If NHS Direct have a really long queue you could try talking to your local pharmacist - they are usually really helpful.

cupsoftea Tue 18-Nov-08 12:43:37

Call an ambulance - I don't know the levels but an overdose can be fatal for kids - it's the iron level.

morningpaper Tue 18-Nov-08 12:43:46

I would take to A&E

Wisp Tue 18-Nov-08 12:44:05

nurse is looking into the ingredients. He got the safety lid off too!

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ledodgy Tue 18-Nov-08 12:45:05

I agree A&E. I have just googled and it's not only iron that can be dangerous.

morningpaper Tue 18-Nov-08 12:45:19

I would take your child and the bottle to A&E immediately

Flightattendant4 Tue 18-Nov-08 12:45:47

If it's these there's no iron in them

Flightattendant4 Tue 18-Nov-08 12:46:20

tell her my link if you can, H&B website has labels

morningpaper Tue 18-Nov-08 12:46:37

I would take your child and the bottle to A&E immediately

Wisp Tue 18-Nov-08 12:46:48

Vit A
Vit D
Vit C
b1 etc

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ledodgy Tue 18-Nov-08 12:46:56

Yes but overdose of other vitamins is a worry in children too it seems. Take him to A&E now or get nhs direct to send an ambulance.

fruittea Tue 18-Nov-08 12:47:29

Vitamin A 375μg RE (1,250 I.U.) 47%
Beta Carotene 0.85mg **
Vitamin D 5μg (200 I.U.) 100%
Vitamin E 10mg α-TE (15 I.U.) 100%
Vitamin C 60mg 100%
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 0.75mg 54%
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 0.85mg 53%
Niacin 10mg NE 56%
Pantothenic Acid 5mg 83%
Vitamin B6 1mg 50%
Vitamin B12 3μg 300%
Folic Acid 200μg 100%
Biotin 50μg 33%
Calcium 125mg 16%

Flightattendant4 Tue 18-Nov-08 12:47:35

I am not qualified but my first thought is that he might be sick anyway and if not will just poo them out, possibly rather fast smile

Can you make him sick? Salt water drink might do it. They won't burn him on the way up anyway.

stitch Tue 18-Nov-08 12:47:51

how old is he?
try and get him to vomit, stick your fingers down his throat , it should mostly come out.
ds, aged 6 ate about half that amount. they were the yummy chewy kind. dsis, a doctor, wasnt worried at all. didnt even insist on the vomitting. although she did consider sticking a pencil in other ds's throat to clear his airway ( a thoractomy i think) when he was choking on a boiled sweet that very week

LilRedWG Tue 18-Nov-08 12:47:53

A&E with bottle. NHS Direct will probably recommend that anyway.

CharCharGabor Tue 18-Nov-08 12:47:59

I would go to A&E too. Hope he is ok.

Flightattendant4 Tue 18-Nov-08 12:49:24

i think he's 3 or 4

stretchmarkqueen Tue 18-Nov-08 12:50:24

It says not to induce vomiting!

Flightattendant4 Tue 18-Nov-08 12:50:30

gawd, getting one vitamin pill down some children would be quite an achievement grin

Wisp Tue 18-Nov-08 12:51:13

looking at a database ffs....laughed when I mentioned a & e, working out the vit a amount he has had

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Wisp Tue 18-Nov-08 12:51:38

hes 3

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Flightattendant4 Tue 18-Nov-08 12:52:12

Stretch - I am thinking that is because they want to avoid risk of choking. I can't see any other reason not to.

It's not like its caustic, I know that's best not vommed up again if swallowed as it burns you twice then.

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