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.
Light sticks, glow tubes
Ingesting a glow stick can cause mouth and throat irritation, vomiting, skin irritation or redness, and chemical irritation to the eyes.
If your child ate a glow stick but is not having symptoms, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting. If they develop symptoms call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
A glow stick is a tube-shaped toy that produces its own light by a chemical reaction inside the tube. Glow sticks come in a variety of shapes, including jewelry such as bracelets. The exact chemicals inside a glow stick may differ based on the color of light emitted.
NOTE: If your child begins persistently vomiting, develops sores or blisters on their skin, or got the liquid in their eyes, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.
Glow sticks are minimally toxic in a small amount - such as a taste or a lick. Ingestion of a mouthful or less will generally only cause minor mouth or throat irritation. Glow stick liquid may also cause minor skin irritation and redness.Because the eyes are more sensitive than the skin, the glow stick liquid can cause an eye injury. Follow our eye exposure information and then call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 for advice specific to your situation.
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.