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My Child Ate Tums, Rolaids, or Other Chewable Antacid Tablet

May 26, 2020
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Tums, Rolaids, or Other Chewable Antacid Tablet


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 in small amounts, such as a handful or less of antacid tablets


Also Known As: Tums, Rolaids, or generic/store brand chewable antacid tablet that contains calcium carbonate onlyNote: Pepto Bismol chewables contain extra ingredients—if Pepto Bismol has been swallowed please call 1-800-222-1222.


What It Is: Calcium carbonate tablets neutralize stomach acid to relieve mild heartburn or indigestion.  These tablets often come in sweet, fruit flavors.


Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning:  Constipation is possible if enough is ingested, but usually no symptoms are seen.


What You Should Do: If your child is not having symptoms, give a few sips of water.  If your child develops any symptoms, call 1-800-222-1222.



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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