My Child Ate Chalk
If your child ate a small amount of chalk, give them a few sips of water and watch for symptoms.
What to know: Chalk
- Chalk is also known as sidewalk chalk, school chalk and blackboard chalk.
- Chalk can be a choking hazard. If your child is choking on chalk, call 911 immediately.
Symptoms of PoisoningThere are usually no symptoms from eating chalk in small amounts. If your child is not having any symptoms, give them a few sips of water and monitor for vomiting.
If your child starts vomiting, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.
Chalk may cause irritation if exposed to eyes.
If your child got chalk residue or powder in their eyes, rinse by pouring clean, lukewarm water across the affected eye(s) for 15 minutes.
For more instructions, please see our page on eye exposure information.
Have an urgent question or need more help?
Don't hesitate to call IPC at
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