Skip to content
A - Z Ind e x

Poison Center Helpline 1-800-222-1222

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

Eating a mouthful of feces, especially their own, is generally considered nontoxic. However, your child may start experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or a low-grade fever.

If your child experiences these symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

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 them few sips of water and watch for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Be sure to wash their hands, especially under their fingernails to prevent further ingestion.

If your child begins experiencing symptoms, call IPC 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 them few sips of water and watch for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Be sure to wash their hands, especially under their fingernails to prevent further ingestion.

If your child begins experiencing symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Toxicity

Eating a mouthful of feces - especially their own - is generally considered nontoxic. However, your child may start experiencing symptoms similar to food poisoning. Rarely, animal feces can contain bacteria or viruses that lead to more serious illnesses.

call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 for more information.

Eye Exposure

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

 

Not Finding What You Need?

Have Urgent Questions?

Don't hesitate to call the Poison Helpline.

1-800-222-1222