Health Watch — Pregnancy: Prenatal Vitamins

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about things women need to think of during pregnancy. Most of our tips have involved the health of the mother and unborn child, but pregnancy may also affect any other children in the home. For instance, the prenatal vitamins that help keep a mother and her fetus healthy can be fatal to a toddler.

Dr. Kathleen Delaney, an emergency medicine specialist and poison expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says prenatal vitamins are extremely high in iron, at levels that can be toxic to young children. She says if you have toddlers in your home, you should keep your prenatal vitamins out of reach and locked away. If you suspect that a child has swallowed any of your prenatal vitamins, get to the nearest emergency room right away.

 

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May 2007

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