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My Child Ate Nail Polish

Sep 18, 2020
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Nail Polish                                                                   

 

 

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 taste or lick.

 

  • What It Is:  Nail polish is a lacquer applied to finger or toe nails as a cosmetic.  There are several different formulations such as base coat, color coat and top coat. There are many brands of nail polish including  OPI, Revlon, Essie, Orly, Sally Hansen, etc. 

 

  • Toxicity: Nail polish is considered to be minimally toxic in a taste/lick amount and is considered to be a mild irritant to the stomach or intestines.

 

  • Possible Symptoms of o\Overdose or Poisoning:  Mild mouth or throat irritation, or one episode of vomiting may occur. 

NOTE:  You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms:  persistent or continued vomiting.  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.

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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The IPC is the oldest poison center in the U.S. and serves one of the largest populations of all poison centers in the nation (covers all 102 Illinois counties with a total estimated population of nearly 12.9 million).  The IPC:

 

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  • Saves lives and improves patient care by working hand-in-hand with hospitals in Illinois to provide expert medical advice to doctors, nurses and paramedics treating patients exposed to potentially harmful substances. In addition, the IPC saves the people of Illinois $60 million annually by resolving 90 percent of poisoning cases from the general public over the telephone, preventing unnecessary 911 calls and visits to a doctor or hospital.  Click here for more information.