Dietary supplements are causing a spike in calls to poison control centers


Parents using dietary supplements should think twice before leaving out their bottles and cans in places kids can get to, according to a new study published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology.

Turns out calls to poison control centers in the US involving supplements are on the rise by almost 50 percent between 2005 and 2012.

Most of the calls were because kids were exposed to the supplements.

Researchers studied calls made to centers across the country and even that energy drink you consider harmless could be damaging to kids age six and under.

Most of the calls were from substances with miscellaneous ingredients, but botanical and hormonal supplements were the reason behind 32 percent and 15 percent.

Energy products can cause irregular heart beats and even seizures in kids.

The study's co-author said it's a big issue that natural supplements aren't held to the same FDA regulations as prescription medicines.

Labeling products 'natural' doesn't correlate to healthy or suitable for children.