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.
Hand cream, face cream or body lotion
Stomach upset, loose stools
Give the child a few sips of water. Observe for symptoms. Call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 if the symptoms occur.
Lotions and creams are applied to moisturize the skin and can contain oils, fragrances and moisturizers. Note: Medicated lotions and creams (such as those for rashes, acne, athlete’s foot and hair depilatories) contain additional ingredients that may be toxic. If your child has ingested one of these, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 for advice specific to your situation.
NOTE: You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms: vomiting (more than once), persistent/continued diarrhea, choking. Call IPC right away at 1-800-222-1222.
Moisturizing lotions and creams are considered to be minimally toxic. Ingestion of a mouthful or less may cause a mild laxative effect.
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.