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: Toxic
- Also Known As: nicotine, nicotine replacement, smoking cessation product
- What It Is: Nicotine patches are used to help people quit smoking. These products are not meant to be swallowed and not meant for use by children. If your child has ingested or has sucked on a nicotine patch, call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately for advice specific to your situation. The call is free and confidential.
- Toxicity: Nicotine is toxic; large amounts can be life threatening.
- Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning: vomiting, sweating, drowsiness/tiredness, shaking, confusion, seizures, death
- What You Should Do: If your child has ingested or has sucked on a nicotine patch, call your local Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately for advice specific to your situation. The poison center expert will ask you a few questions, and then tell you if it is safe to watch the child at home or if you need to take him or her to the emergency room. The call is free and confidential.
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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