New study shows an increase in young children getting sick from liquid nicotine

While E–Cigarettes remain popular with consumers, a new study shows some kids are getting sick from the liquid nicotine.

E–Cigarettes became widely available in the U.S. in 2007.

Since then, American poison centers have seen an increase in child poisoning cases.

In Omaha, the Nebraska Regional Poison Center has gotten its fair share of calls for children who have been exposed to the concentrate that goes inside the device, called liquid nicotine.

"It can initially cause vomiting. It can cause what we call an outpouring of secretions. Excessive drooling, they can sweat a lot, become unusually irritable, restless, but in higher doses, coma can occur," said Jean Hammack, A registered nurse who works at Omaha’s Poison Control Center.

Liquid nicotine is often a flavorful concentrate that goes inside of E–Cigarettes.

In a recent study conducted by the Nationwide Childcare’s Hospital, researchers found more than 8,000 young children had been exposed to it in the last five years.

The senior author of the study, Doctor Gary Smith, is calling for additional action to reduce the likelihood of poisonings.

"Flow Restricters, similar to what is used on a number of child fever medications, should be added to liquid nicotine containers. This will make it much harder for children to empty the contents of those bottles," said Smith.

Kids are getting their hands on the E–Cig ammo in part due to the attractive labeling and flavorful smell of the products.

"It’s just a tough thing because they taste good, they flavor the liquid nicotine, e–cigarette products to give flavor when the person is vaping them. That flavor is also enticing to children," said Hammack.

Studies haven’t been able to accurately tell just how harmful child exposure to liquid nicotine could be later in life.

If you believe your child has ingested harmful toxins, the poison control center is available at any time of the day,

The number is 1–800–222–1222.