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Sweet treats are often used to disguise edible marijuana.

A mother from Maryland has been a summer mom shared a cautionary taleAfter her toddler ingested 15 gummies of THC (the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana), she was admitted to the hospital. After consuming 15 gummies containing THC, a Utah 5-year-old boy and an 11-year old girl were taken to the hospital. eating “Medicated Nerds Rope” candyTheir families were provided with food banks distribution programs. A 6-year-old girl was also included in the food bank distribution program. rushed to the emergency roomAt a Florida pool party, I ate a THC-containing Gummy.

“Exposure of marijuana products to children has increased since both medical and recreational marijuana has been legalized, especially in Colorado,” said Dr. Jim CotterAn emergency medicine doctor at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical CenterSteamboat Springs

“The most common overdose incidence in children occur when the drug has been combined with a food in an edible form of marijuana,” he added. “These edibles can have a higher dose of THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana, and can have profound effects in children. Most of the time kids mistake these edibles ― gummy candies, brownies, lollipops ― for regular food and eat it unknowingly.”

In fact, more states have legalized recreational marijuana. There are also poison control centres reporting. increases in the number of calls they receive regarding children who’ve ingested weed edibles. According to a research briefPublished in Pediatrics 2021. The phenomenon is most common in 3- and 5-year-olds.

What should you do? Here, Cotter shares his advice with other doctors.

Learn the signs.

Sometimes you might catch a child in the act of eating edibles, but often, the situation doesn’t become apparent until they start exhibiting signs.

“THC has more severe consequences for children than it does for adults,” said Dr. Kevin C. Osterhoudt, a Philadelphia-based medical toxicologist and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention.

He explained that children who eat THC edibles might start to lose their balance and act very sleepy or seem “out of it.”

“With big doses, children can become very ill and not breathe right, have seizures, and even go into a coma. It’s easy for children to get a big, big dose for their size,” he said. “THC edible products like gummies and cookies may contain large amounts of THC, and we frequently care for children who are believed to have eaten 100 to 800mg of THC!”

Dr. Candice JonesOrlando pediatrician, Dr. Judith A., stated that THC is slower to be absorbed in food than vaping or smoking, and it could take some time before you notice anything wrong.

“I’ve seen cases where parents rush the child to the ER, asking ‘Why is she asleep? I can’t wake her up. Something is wrong,’” she explained. “The THC is often highly concentrated in edibles, so kids who ingest it are getting a more potent form, and symptoms last longer.”

Fast action

“If your child has an edible in their mouth, immediately take it out.” Cotter said. “Monitor for changes to your child’s behavior.”

Keep calm and keep your eyes on the child. Osterhoudt advised that you take them to a secure, calm place.

“Try to find out what type of edible the child ate, how much it looks like they ate, and any information on how much THC was in the edible,” he said. “Otherwise, call your poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 to talk to a nurse or a pharmacist expert and to get help.”

The poison control representative will likely ask a number of questions about your child’s state and how much THC they consumed and then advise on next steps.

“With big doses, children can become very ill and not breathe right, have seizures, and even go into a coma. It’s easy for children to get a big, big dose for their size.”

– Dr. Kevin C. Osterhoudt medical toxicologist

Get professional help.

You might be advised by poison control to take your child into a hospital. They might also recommend calling 911 for you. However, if your child has severe symptoms or is not responding to the Poison Control helpline immediately contact them.

“If a child is having trouble breathing, is unresponsive, or has a seizure, it is best to call 911,” Osterhoudt said.

The hospital has doctors and nurses who will assess the patient’s vital signs to determine what the best course is of action.

“There is no antidote for THC intoxication,” Osterhoudt explained. “Doctors support severely poisoned children by making sure that they keep breathing and have enough blood sugar, and by making sure that they didn’t suffer any other injuries.”

Cotter pointed out that such patients could receive IV fluids in the event of low blood pressure, and/or additional oxygen in severe cases.

“In very rare instances, some children have developed coma and have needed to be placed on ventilators for respiratory support,” he said. “The duration of coma is typically one to two days and full recovery is expected with supportive care.”

Ensure it won’t happen again.

These cases highlight the need for safe storage of substances that can be dangerous to children.

“Children are naturally curious and exploratory, they like to imitate the actions of grown-ups, and they act fast,” Osterhoudt said.

THC edibles shouldn’t be taken into young children’s homes. But, he advised that you take safety precautions.

“Don’t eat THC edibles in front of children,” Osterhoudt cautioned. “Store THC edibles in a secure place ― like a lockbox ― that is out of reach and out of sight of children. Never buy THC edibles that are made in counterfeit packages that look just like real candies.”

He advised that family members and friends talk about making their home safe for their kids. just as you would with guns.

Jones also recommended storing these products in a lockbox or safe and keeping them in their original packaging, which regulations typically require to be child-resistant (though there’s a push to make such requirements more stringent and widespread).

“Adults need to be responsible and only use these things during their own private time when they aren’t around their children,” she said. “And supervise your supply, so you notice if some is missing.”

Source: HuffPost.com.

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