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My Child Ate Sunscreen

Mar 22, 2018
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Sunscreen                                              Post Date:  Sept. 2012

                                                               Most Recent Update:  Jan. 2014


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 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 in small amounts such as a taste or a lick.


Also Known As:  Coppertone, Hawaiian Tropic, Banana Boat, Ocean Potion, Neutrogena,  Bain de Soleil, NO-AD, Baby Blanket, Blue Lizard and others


What It Is:  Sunscreen/sunblock contain a combination of chemical and/or physical sunscreens to protect the skin from UV rays.


Toxicity:  Both the chemical and physical sunscreen ingredients are minimally toxic and are considered to be mild irritants to the stomach or intestines.


Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning: Mild stomach upset that may result in an episode of vomiting or 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.



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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