publication . Other literature type . Article . 1991

Bittering agents in the prevention of accidental poisoning: children's reactions to denatonium benzoate (Bitrex).

J R Sibert; N Frude;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 1991
Abstract
The responses of young children to Denatonium Benzoate (Bitrex) were observed, in order to assess the potential of this bittering agent in the prevention of accidental poisoning. Thirty-three children aged 17-36 months were offered orange juice containing Bitrex (in a concentration of 10 parts per million). Of the 30 children who took some of this juice, only seven were willing to take more than 10 gm. A variety of negative verbal and non-verbal responses were noted. It is suggested that the highly unpalatable nature of Bitrex makes this compound a useful additive that could well prevent accidental poisoning from household products of mild to moderate toxicity.
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free text keywords: Research Article, Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, Pediatrics, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Toxicology, Flavoring Agents, Orange juice, business.industry, business, Accident prevention, Denatonium, chemistry.chemical_compound, chemistry, Bittering Agents, Psychology child, Accidental poisoning, Accidents home
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publication . Other literature type . Article . 1991

Bittering agents in the prevention of accidental poisoning: children's reactions to denatonium benzoate (Bitrex).

J R Sibert; N Frude;