•Hyperventilation is a symptom of salicylate poisoning that causes loss of carbon dioxide and respiratory alkalosis. Other symptoms include tinnitus, tachycardia, hypotension, arrhythmias, CNS depression, tremors, nausea and vomiting.
•Aspirin causes hyperventiliation, leading to respiratory alkalosis. After the kidney's compensate by excreting bicarbonate, metabolic acidosis may occur due to over compensation.
•The incidence of children ingesting poisonous substances requires teaching parents measures to keep household cleaning agents and medications out of the reach of children.