Signs that a child is being exposed to Meth Lab Chemicals

A child that has been exposed to meth lab chemicals may exhibit signs that you might not associate with chemical exposure. But, knowing the signs of meth lab exposure in children can help you to protect their health and safety. Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, a day care provider, a child protection service worker, a neighbor, or anyone else who cares about children, you should know some of the health symptoms that can indicate exposure to meth lab chemicals in children.

According to the Arizona Attorney General’s office, children exposed to the chemicals used to make meth may exhibit the following signs:

  • Watery eyes
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye pain, including burning
  • Skin irritation and redness
  • Mild to severe burns on the skin
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Difficult and labored breathing, shortness of breath
  • Congestion of the voice box
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Moderate to severe headache
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Dark colored urine
  • Fever
  • Decrease in mental status
  • Yellow jaundice
  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme irritability
  • Severe neglect

If you believe a child is being exposed to meth lab chemicals, or if a child tells you that drug-making is occurring in their home, please call 911 immediately and tell law enforcement personnel what you know.

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