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 the Poison Center Hotline immediately at 800-222-1222. The call is free and confidential.
Make-up, lipstick, mascara, foundation, eye shadow, eye liner, concealer, lip liner, lip balm, blush
Cosmetics are minimally toxic in small amounts. If your child ate cosmetics, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting, diarrhea, or coughing. If your child experiences these symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
Ingesting cosmetics can cause an episode of vomiting, loose stool, or mild diarrhea.
If your child is not having symptoms, give them a few sips of water and watch for symptoms. If your child experiences persistent or continued vomiting, diarrhea, or coughing, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.
Cosmetics are manufactured and sold to be used on the skin, eyes and lips to enhance appearance. Ingredients vary between the type and brand of cosmetics, but may include oils, waxes, perfumes, coloring agents, pigments, lanolin, antioxidants, preservatives and emulsifying agents.
Cosmetics are minimally toxic in small amounts such as a taste or lick. This may cause mild irritation to the stomach/intestines. Other cosmetic items such as, but not limited to, hair color or dye, semi-permanent pigments (such as eyeliner "tattooing" or eyelash tinting) may be more toxic than other cosmetics. If your child ate any of these items, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
If your child has gotten this substance in his or her eyes, please view our eye exposure information.
Don't hesitate to call the Poison Helpline.