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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.

Silica Gel

Also Known As:

Silicic acid, H2SiO3, desiccant

silica gel

Toxicity Level

Usually Nontoxic

Possible Symptoms

Silica gel is nontoxic but may present a choking hazard to small children.

What To Do

Give the child a few sips of water.

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

Silica gel is nontoxic but may present a choking hazard to small children.

What To Do

Give the child a few sips of water.

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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