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My Child Ate Deodorant/Antiperspirant (underarm)

Aug 23, 2019
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Deodorant/Antiperspirant (underarm)               



This information is applicable for small, unintentional ingestions only. If the child ingested more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not positive of the exact substance or amount ingested, 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:  Degree, Arrid, Arm and Hammer, Old Spice, Sure, Certain Dri, Dry Idea, Ban, Speed Stick, Dove, Right Guard, Mitchum, Soft & Dri, Secret, others


What It Is:  Deodorant/antiperspirants are designed for underarm use and come in solid, liquid (roll-on) and aerosol forms.  Antiperspirants contain aluminum compounds which are used to reduce sweating.  Deodorants and antiperspirants often contain fragrances.


Toxicity:  The aluminum compounds in deodorant/antiperspirants can be mildly irritating to the stomach and intestines.


Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning:  An episode of vomiting, mild diarrhea.  Aerosol antiperspirant/deodorant can cause respiratory symptoms if inhaled.


You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms:  persistent/continued vomiting, diarrhea or coughing. Call your local Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. 



What You Should Do:  If your child is not having any symptoms, give a few sips of water and observe for the symptoms described above.  If your child is having 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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