If your child is having symptoms or you don't know the exact substance or amount swallowed, call the Poison Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. This call is free and confidential.
Pencils are made with graphite, not actual lead. If your child ate pencil lead, give them a few sips of water and watch for symptoms.
My child ate pencil lead. Is pencil lead toxic?
Pencils aren’t actually made with lead at all. They are made with graphite. Graphite is minimally toxic when swallowed or used to draw on the skin. Pencils do not contain the metal lead at all.
If your child got pencil lead residue in their eyes, rinse by pouring clean, lukewarm water across the affected eye(s) for 15 minutes.
For more instructions, please see our page on eye exposure information.
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