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My Child Ate Lotion

Nov 24, 2020
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Lotion (for hands, face or body)                              



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



  • What It Is:  Lotions and creams are applied to moisturize the skin and can contain oils, fragrances and moisturizers.  NOTE: Medicated lotions and creams (such as those for rashes, acne, athlete’s foot and hair depilatories) contain additional ingredients that may be toxic.  If your child has ingested one of these, call 1-800-222-1222 for advice specific to your situation.



  • Toxicity:  Moisturizing lotions and creams are considered to be minimally toxic.  Ingestion of a mouthful or less may cause a mild laxative effect.



  • Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning:  Stomach upset, loose stools

NOTE:  You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms:  vomiting (more than once), persistent/continued diarrhea, choking.  Call your local Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222.  



  • What You Should Do: Give the child a few sips of water. Observe for symptoms. Call your local Poison Center if the symptoms occur. 

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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