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.
Silicic acid, H2SiO3, desiccant
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.
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.
Give your child a few sips of water. If they are choking, call 911 immediately.
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.
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.
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.