WARNING: Georgia Poison Center warns about using essential oils around kids, pets

Many parents believe in the wellness effects of essential oils. Millions of people are buying them, diffusing them, putting them on their skin and, in some cases, eating them. But essential oils alarmed hundreds of parents last year, who called the Georgia Poison Center, worried about their children's safety.

Of the 1,000 calls the center received, almost 800 dealt with children, and the majority were parents of children under 5 years old.

“Surprisingly, this is a very common call that we get here,” the center's director, Dr. Gaylord Lopez, said.

Lopez said in many cases, the children had accidentally ingested essential oils and immediately had problems.

The important warning all parents need to hear and what you can do to keep your children safe, on Channel 2 Action News Monday at 5 p.m.


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