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Silica Gel

Also Known As:

Silicic acid, H2SiO3, desiccant

silica gel

Toxicity Level

Usually Nontoxic

Silica gel is generally considered nontoxic. If your child ate a small amount of silica gel, give them a few sips of water. Silica gel can be a choking hazard though. If your child is choking, call 911 immediately.

Possible Symptoms

There are usually no symptoms from eating silica gel in small amounts. However, silica gel can present a choking hazard. If your child is choking on silica gel, call 911.

What To Do

Give your child a few sips of water. If they are choking, call 911 immediately.

Poison Information

Toxicity Level

Usually Nontoxic

Also Known As

Silicic acid, H2SiO3, desiccant

What It Is

Silica gel comes in the form of clear round balls in a paper or cloth packet. The packets are often found in new, store-bought products (such as shoes, backpacks and handbags). The purpose of the silica gel packet is to absorb water and maintain dryness in these products.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

There are usually no symptoms from eating silica gel in small amounts. However, silica gel can present a choking hazard. If your child is choking on silica gel, call 911.

What To Do

Give your child a few sips of water. If they are choking, call 911 immediately.

Toxicity

Silica gel is chemically inert and is considered nontoxic. It that it can be a choking hazard which is why these packets often say "DO NOT EAT" on them. If your child is choking on silica gel, call 911 immediately.

Eye Exposure

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

 

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