Skip to content
A - Z Ind e x

Poison Center Helpline 1-800-222-1222

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

Possible Symptoms

If a small amount is swallowed, usually no symptoms will occur. If a large amount is swallowed, the following may occur in rare cases: vomiting, constipation or other changes in bowel habits, bloating in the abdomen or abdominal pain.

What To Do

If your child is choking on gum, call 911. If the child ingested medicated gum such as nicotine gum, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 immediately. If your child is not choking, then give him or her a few sips of water to ensure swallowing is easy. If the child ingested a large amount of gum, watch for the symptoms described above. If symptoms occur or if the child ingested a medicated gum (such as nicotine gum) call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

NOTE: You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms: choking, vomiting, constipation or other change in bowel habits, bloating in the abdomen or abdominal pain. Call your local Poison Center right away 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. Nicotine gum is not chewing gum but rather a medicated gum.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

If a small amount is swallowed, usually no symptoms will occur. If a large amount is swallowed, the following may occur in rare cases: vomiting, constipation or other changes in bowel habits, bloating in the abdomen or abdominal pain.

What To Do

If your child is choking on gum, call 911. If the child ingested medicated gum such as nicotine gum, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 immediately. If your child is not choking, then give him or her a few sips of water to ensure swallowing is easy. If the child ingested a large amount of gum, watch for the symptoms described above. If symptoms occur or if the child ingested a medicated gum (such as nicotine gum) call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

NOTE: You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms: choking, vomiting, constipation or other change in bowel habits, bloating in the abdomen or abdominal pain. Call your local Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222.

Toxicity

Chewing gum itself is not toxic or poisonous.* It is considered a foreign body. If 1 to 2 pieces are swallowed by a healthy child, no symptoms are expected. If a child has stomach or intestinal problems, more serious symptoms (such as blockage in the intestines) can occur. Some artificial sweeteners found in chewing gum are extremely toxic in animals. If your pet has ingested chewing gum, call the ASPCA animal poison center immediately at 888-426-4435.

Eye Exposure

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

 

Not Finding What You Need?

Have Urgent Questions?

Don't hesitate to call the Poison Helpline

1-800-222-1222