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.
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!
Your feedback is important to maintain this resource. Please take 1 minute to complete the survey: