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
Mouth or throat irritation, vomiting, skin irritation or redness, chemical irritation to the eyes (if squirted into the eyes)
If your child ingested fluid from a glow stick but is not having any symptoms, give a few sips of water and watch for the symptoms described above. If your child is having any symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222. If the glow stick fluid is on the skin, wash affected skin with soap and water, and change clothes that have any liquid on them. If an eye exposure has occurred, follow the instructions in the eye exposure information section and then call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 for advice specific to your situation.
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: You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms: persistent vomiting, sores or blisters where the liquid has touched, or if the liquid has gotten in the eye(s). If any of these occur, please call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
Minimally toxic in a small amount such as a taste or a lick. Ingestion of a mouthful of the liquid from a glow stick is considered minimally toxic, causing only minor mouth or throat irritation. The liquid may also cause minor skin redness or irritation. If glow stick liquid is squirted into the eyes, it can cause eye injury because the eyes are more sensitive than the skin in the mouth or on the body. If an eye exposure occurs, follow the instructions in the eye exposure information section and then call 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.