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My Child Ate Silica Gel

Jun 06, 2020
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Silica Gel                                                



This information applies to children who have unintentionally swallowed a small amount. If the child swallowed more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not positive of the exact substance or amount swallowed, call your local Poison Center immediately 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a nurse, pharmacist or physician for recommendations specific to your situation.  The call is free and confidential.


  • Toxicity Level:  Minimally toxic 


  • Also Known As:  Silicic acid, H2SiO3, desiccant


  • What It Is:  Silica gel comes in the form of clear round balls in a paper or cloth packet.  The packets are often found in new store-bought products (such as shoes, backpacks and handbags).  The purpose of the silica gel  packet is to absorb water and maintain dryness in these products.


  • Toxicity:  Silica gel is chemically inert and is considered to be non-toxic.  The concern with this substances it that it can be a choking hazard (this is why these packets often say ‘DO NOT EAT’ on them). If your child is choking on silica gel, call 911 immediately.


  • Possible Symptoms Of Overdose/Poisoning:  None 


  • What You Should Do:  Give the child a fews sips of water. 

NOTE:  If your child has gotten this substance in their eyes, please view our Eye Exposure information.



If you have any further questions about this substance, or if your child is experiencing any symptoms, call the poison center experts who are available 24/7 via the free, confidential helpline: 1-800-222-1222.   Don’t guess, be sure!




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