This simple tutorial of how to make Activated Charcoal slurry absorptive antidote for emergencies can be a lifesaver for adults, children and pets. Accidental poisonings are one of the leading causes of trips to the Emergency Room for kids. Regardless of how careful we parents are, curiosity often gets the best of kids and they don’t always know better. Their curiosity of bottles of liquids in the cupboard can easily result in an accidental poisoning. The same can be said of the family pet, dogs seem to think everything they can get their snout on instantly becomes food. This can easily become a life threatening situation really fast.
One of the best treatments used by Emergency Room Doctors when it comes to poisoning from accidental ingestion of a dangerous substance is activated charcoal mixed with water. It creates a slurry and when it is introduced into the stomach it helps to neutralize the chemical that were accidentally ingested.
Activated Charcoal (also commonly referred to as Activated Carbon) is made from a variety of materials like coal, coconut shells and other materials. During the heating process a gas is introduced into the mixture which creates microscopic pores. It is inside all of those pores that it is able to absorb many times its weight in chemicals and gases.
The activated charcoal comes in lightweight powder and should always be mixed in water. When mixed with water the activated charcoal is tasteless, but the black color could make it a bit unpleasant for a child to drink and therefore it is recommended to use sugar or even honey in order to give it a sweet flavor.
Medicinal Uses for Activated Charcoal
Activated Charcoal works like tiny little microscopic sponges that will absorb and neutralize the chemical, gas or excessive stomach acid. It is normally mixed with water and the liquid is poured down the person’s throat directly. It can also be made into easy to swallow capsules that can be used to treat diarrhea, indigestion and flatulence. Acid Reflux sufferers have also reported that they have experienced total relief after drinking Activated Charcoal Slurry
Warning: While it can be used in a number of poisoning by ingestion, it should never be used when the chemical poisoning involves an alkali, arsenic, cyanide, ethanol, ethylene glycol, iron, lithium and methanol.
Having a bottle or two of Activated Charcoal powder on hand in case of an emergency, it could be the difference that your child or family pet needs to prevent any irreversible harm.
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