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My Child Ate Soap (hand or body)

Aug 23, 2019
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Soap (hand or body)                            



This information is applicable for small, unintentional ingestions only. If the child ingested more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not positive of the exact substance or amount ingested, call your local Poison Center mmediately 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 in small amounts such as a taste or a lick.


Also Known As: liquid soap, bar soap, moisturizing soap, antibacterial soap


What It Is:  Hand and body soaps contain nonionic and anionic surfactants.


Toxicity:  Hand and body soaps are minimally toxic, but may cause mild irritation to the stomach or intestines.


Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning:  Nausea, an episode of vomiting, loose stools


You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms:  persistent/continued vomiting or diarrhea.  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 Info:  Degreasers and cleaning products intended to clean anything other than the human body may contain more toxic ingredients.



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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