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Glow Stick

Also Known As:

Light sticks, glow tubes

glow stick

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Glow sticks are minimally toxic. If your child swallowed the liquid from a glow stick, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting or throat and mouth irritation. If they develop symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 for advice specific to your situation

Possible Symptoms

Ingesting a glow stick can cause mouth and throat irritation, vomiting, skin irritation or redness, and chemical irritation to the eyes.

What To Do

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.

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.

Poison Information

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Also Known As

Light sticks, glow tubes

What It Is

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.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

Ingesting a glow stick can cause mouth and throat irritation, vomiting, skin irritation or redness, and chemical irritation to the eyes.

What To Do

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.

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.

Toxicity

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.

Eye Exposure

If your child has gotten this substance in his or her eyes, please view our eye exposure information.

 

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