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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.

Gum

Also Known As:

Chewing gum

gum

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Chewing gum itself is not toxic to humans. If your child swallowed 1 or 2 pieces, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting, bowel habit changes, or abdominal pain and bloating. If they experience symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Possible Symptoms

Ingesting a small amount of gum usually does not cause any symptoms. If your child swallowed a large amount of gum, they may experience vomiting, constipation, abdominal bloating and pain, or changes in bowel habits

What To Do

If your child is choking on gum, call 911 right away.

If your child ate or chewed nicotine gum, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

If your child ate a small amount of chewing gum, give them a few sips of water and watch for symptoms. If your child starts experiencing symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Poison Information

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Also Known As

Chewing gum

What It Is

Chewing gum comes in many flavors. It is used to freshen breath and for dental health. It is not meant to be swallowed.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

Ingesting a small amount of gum usually does not cause any symptoms. If your child swallowed a large amount of gum, they may experience vomiting, constipation, abdominal bloating and pain, or changes in bowel habits

What To Do

If your child is choking on gum, call 911 right away.

If your child ate or chewed nicotine gum, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

If your child ate a small amount of chewing gum, give them a few sips of water and watch for symptoms. If your child starts experiencing symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Toxicity

Chewing gum itself is not toxic or poisonous. If 1 to 2 pieces are swallowed by a healthy child, no symptoms are expected.

Eye Exposure

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

 

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