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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.

Poop

Also Known As:

Feces, excrement, droppings

poop

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Possible Symptoms

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.

What To Do

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.

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.

Poison Information

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Also Known As

Feces, excrement, droppings

What It Is

The most common feces ingested by children include human (their own), cat, dog and bird.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

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.

What To Do

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.

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.

Toxicity

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.

Eye Exposure

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

 

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