Baby Ate Soap (Hand/Body Lotion) | Illinois Poison Center 
Resource Center

My Child Ate Soap (hand/body)

Dec 04, 2020
Print This Page

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

NOTE:  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.

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



  • Other Important Info:  Degreasers and cleaning products intended to clean anything other than the human body may contain more toxic ingredients.



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:


← Browse other topics
Bookmark and Share


The IPC is the oldest poison center in the U.S. and serves one of the largest populations of all poison centers in the nation (covers all 102 Illinois counties with a total estimated population of nearly 12.9 million).  The IPC:


  • Provides a variety of free education and presentation materials that can be shared with your community (stickers, magnets, posters, children’s activity sheets, handouts, etc.).  Prior to placing your first order, if you haven’t already done so, please complete the free online Poison Prevention Education Course and Resource Center (PPERC) .  Eligible persons: anyone age 13 years or older living/working in Illinois; general public and healthcare providers alike.



  • Saves lives and improves patient care by working hand-in-hand with hospitals in Illinois to provide expert medical advice to doctors, nurses and paramedics treating patients exposed to potentially harmful substances. In addition, the IPC saves the people of Illinois $60 million annually by resolving 90 percent of poisoning cases from the general public over the telephone, preventing unnecessary 911 calls and visits to a doctor or hospital.  Click here for more information.