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.
Ingesting a small amount of Play-Doh or modeling clay usually does not cause any symptoms. If your child swallowed a large amount of Play-Doh or modeling clay they may experience vomiting or constipation.
If your child ate a small amount of Play-Doh or modeling clay, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting and constipation. If your child experiences constant vomiting, persistent constipation or diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
Play-Doh and other commercially produced modeling clays are malleable substances used in arts, crafts and as children’s toys. Ingredients vary depending on the brand. Note: Some homemade clay or "slime" recipes use Borax or boric acid, which can be toxic if enough is swallowed. If your child swallowed Borax or boric acid, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
Ingredients vary depending on the brand, but this type of clay is considered non-to-minimally toxic.
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.