If the child swallowed more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not possible of the exact substance or amount swallowed, call the Poison Center Hotline immediately at 800-222-1222. The call is free and confidential.
Swallowing a mouthful or less of Play-Doh or modeling clay should not cause any symptoms. Vomiting or constipation can occur if eaten in large amounts.
Give the child a few sips of water.
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.
NOTE: You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms: vomiting (more than once), persistent constipation or diarrhea, choking. Call IPC right away 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.