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Play-Doh or Clay

Also Known As:

Modeling clay

play-doh or clay

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Possible Symptoms

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.

What To Do

Give the child a few sips of water.

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.

Poison Information

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Also Known As

Modeling clay

What It Is

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.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

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.

What To Do

Give the child a few sips of water.

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.

Toxicity

Ingredients vary depending on the brand, but this type of clay is considered non-to-minimally toxic.

Eye Exposure

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

 

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