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 a small amount such as a taste or a lick.
- What It Is: A glow stick is a tube-shaped toy that produces its own light by a chemical reaction inside the tube. Glow sticks come in a variety of shapes, including jewelry such as bracelets. The exact chemicals inside a glow stick may differ based on the color of light emitted.
- Toxicity: Ingestion of a mouthful of the liquid from a glow stick is considered to be minimally toxic, causing only minor mouth or throat irritation. The liquid may also cause minor skin redness or irritation. If glow stick liquid is squirted into the eyes, it can cause eye injury because the eyes are more sensitive than the skin in the mouth or on the body. If an eye exposure occurs, follow the instructions in the eye exposure information section and then call 1-800-222-1222 for advice specific to your situation.
- Possible Symptoms of Poisoning: Mouth or throat irritation, vomiting, skin irritation or redness, chemical burns to the eyes (if squirted into the eyes).
NOTE: You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms: persistent vomiting, sores or blisters where the liquid has touched, or if the liquid has gotten the liquid in their eye(s). If any of these occur, please call your local Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further information.
- What You Should Do: If your child ingested fluid from a glow stick but 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 your local Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. If the glow stick fluid is on the skin, wash affected skin with soap and water, and change clothes that have any liquid on them. If an eye exposure has occurred, follow the instructions in the eye exposure information section and then call 1-800-222-1222 for advice specific to your situation.
NOTE: If your child has gotten this substance in their eyes, please view our Eye Exposure information.
- Other Information: It is important to wash off the liquid as soon as possible after the glow stick leaks. If the liquid sits on the skin for extended period, more serious skin injury can occur (such as blisters or chemical burns).
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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