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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.

Pencil Lead

Also Known As:

Graphite, Pencils

pencil lead

Toxicity Level

Usually Nontoxic

Pencil lead is usually nontoxic. If your child begins vomiting after eating pencil lead, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Possible Symptoms

Eating graphite or pencil material is unlikely to cause any symptoms. However, pencil lead is a choking hazard. If your child is choking, call 911.

What To Do

Give your child a few sips of water. Any skin stains should wash off with soap and water. If your child begins vomiting, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Poison Information

Toxicity Level

Usually Nontoxic

Also Known As

Graphite, Pencils

What It Is

Pencil Lead is actually graphite, a minimally-toxic carbon-based substance. Pencils do not contain the metal lead.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

Eating graphite or pencil material is unlikely to cause any symptoms. However, pencil lead is a choking hazard. If your child is choking, call 911.

What To Do

Give your child a few sips of water. Any skin stains should wash off with soap and water. If your child begins vomiting, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Toxicity

Graphite and other components of a pencil are minimally toxic when swallowed or drawn onto the skin.

If a pencil tip breaks or punctures the skin, contact IPC at 1-800-222-1222 or the child’s pediatrician for medical advice regarding the puncture injury.

Eye Exposure

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

 

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