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My Child Ate Poop

Jul 08, 2020
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Poop                                                            

 

 

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.

NOTE:  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.

NOTE:  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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