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.
Ingestion of graphite or other pencil material is not expected to produce symptoms. A child could choke on a small piece of pencil that has been broken or bitten off. If your child is choking, call 911.
Give the child a few sips of water. Any graphite that has been drawn on the skin should wash away easily with soap and water. Call IPC if your child has any symptoms.
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.