Pre-school childhood poisoning in Thailand

Vet Hum Toxicol. 2000 Aug;42(4):226-7.


A descriptive study of pre-school poisoning in Khon Kaen province revealed that poisoning had a lower incidence rate and a much lower proportion of all hospital attendances than that reported in western studies. This could have been because grandparents, if not parents, still had a major role in child-rearing. This advantage was supported by increased affection as reflected by the finding that children were described as easy-to-take-care of ("Jiang-ngai") and not difficult ("liang-yaak") children, as reported in previous western studies where non-related baby-sitters were common. However, many disadvantages including illiteracy, age disabilities, improper supervision, and poor understanding of the risks of poisoning were identified in child caregivers in this study.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child Rearing*
  • Child Welfare / statistics & numerical data
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Medical Records
  • Poisoning / epidemiology*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Thailand / epidemiology