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Ink

Also Known As:

Gel pen, permanent marker, dry erase board marker and highlighter

ink

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Possible Symptoms

Stained skin, mild stomach upset (possible but unlikely). Ingestion of some ink from a pen or marker is not expected to cause symptoms other than staining.

What To Do

If the child is not having any symptoms, give a few sips of water and watch for the symptoms described above.

NOTE: If the child is having any symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222. For ink on skin, do not attempt to use chemicals or harsh cleaning products to remove an ink stain from the skin. Harsh scrubbing or cleaning chemicals can harm the skin. The stain will wear off within several days.

Poison Information

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Also Known As

Gel pen, permanent marker, dry erase board marker and highlighter

What It Is

Inks contain dyes, some alcohols and a chemical called glycol or glycol ether. Glycols and glycol ethers can be toxic in larger amounts, but the quantity in a pen or marker is very small, to the point of being insignificant.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

Stained skin, mild stomach upset (possible but unlikely). Ingestion of some ink from a pen or marker is not expected to cause symptoms other than staining.

What To Do

If the child is not having any symptoms, give a few sips of water and watch for the symptoms described above.

NOTE: If the child is having any symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222. For ink on skin, do not attempt to use chemicals or harsh cleaning products to remove an ink stain from the skin. Harsh scrubbing or cleaning chemicals can harm the skin. The stain will wear off within several days.

Toxicity

The main issue is usually the cosmetic staining of the skin or tongue, which may last for several days. Ink can also cause mild stomach upset. Note: Computer printer cartridges and stamp-pad inks usually contain a larger amount of ink and/or additional ingredients. Call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure to computer printer cartridges or stamp-pad ink.

Eye Exposure

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

 

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