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.
Feces, excrement, droppings
Usually no symptoms occur after a small ingestion of human or animal feces. Rarely nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or low-grade fever may occur hours to days after ingestion.
If your child is not having any symptoms, give a few sips of water and watch for the symptoms described above. Wash hands, especially under fingernails, to prevent further ingestion. If your child is having any symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
The most common feces ingested by children include human (their own), cat, dog and bird.
NOTE: You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms: persistent/continued vomiting, diarrhea or fever. Call IPC right away at 1-800-222-1222.
Ingestion of a mouthful amount of feces (especially if a child ingests their own feces) is not considered toxic. However, rarely it may cause symptoms that are similar to food poisoning. Feces from animals infected with certain bacteria or viruses can cause more serious illness. This is uncommon. Call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 for further information.
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.