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My Child Ate Play Doh or Modeling Clay

May 26, 2020
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Play Doh or Modeling Clay


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: Play Doh and other commercially produced modeling clays are malleable substances used in arts, crafts, and children’s toys.  Ingredients vary depending on the brand, but this type of clay is considered non- to minimally-toxic. 

Note: Some homemade clay or ‘slime’ recipes use Borax or boric acid, which can be toxic if enough is swallowed.  If your child swallowed Borax or boric acid, call 1-800-222-1222.


Possible Symptoms of Poisoning: Swallowing a mouthful or less of Play Doh or modeling clay should not cause any symptoms.  Vomiting or constipation can occur if large amounts are eaten.


What You Should Do: If your child is not having symptoms, give a few sips of water. If vomiting, constipation, or any other symptoms occur, call 1-800-222-1222.


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.



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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