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.
Crayons are minimally toxic. If your child ate crayons, 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.
Eating crayons can cause an episode of vomiting, diarrhea, or choking.
If your child is choking on crayons, call 911 right away.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.
Crayons are used for drawing and coloring. They contain waxes and color pigments. While crayons are minimally toxic, they can be a choking hazard.
Crayons are only expected to cause a mild laxative effect if swallowed. However, a piece of crayon can be a choking hazard.
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.