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 is usually nontoxic. If your child begins vomiting after eating pencil lead, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
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.
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.
Pencil Lead is actually graphite, a minimally-toxic carbon-based substance. Pencils do not contain the metal lead.
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.
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.