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My Child Ate Poop

Apr 06, 2020
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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


Also Known As:  Feces, excrement, droppings


What It Is:  The most common feces ingested by children include human (their own), cat, dog and bird.


Toxicity:  Ingestion of a mouthful amount of feces (especially if a child ingests their own feces) is not considered to be toxic.  However,  rarely it may cause symptoms that are similar to food poisoning.


Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning:  Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low grade fever.  Symptoms, if they do occur, usually happen within 30 minutes to 4 hours after the ingestion.


You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms:  persistent/continued vomiting, diarrhea or fever.  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.


Other Important Information: Feces from animals infected with certain bacteria or viruses can cause more serious illness.  This is uncommon so please call your local Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further information.



If your child has gotten this substance in their eyes, please view our Eye Exposure information.


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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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