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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.

Soap

Also Known As:

Liquid soap, bar soap, moisturizing soap, antibacterial soap

soap

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Soap is minimally toxic. If your child ate soap, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting and loose stools.

If your child experiences more than one episode of vomiting or persistent diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Possible Symptoms

There are usually no symptoms from eating soap, but your child may experience nausea, an episode of vomiting and loose stools.

What To Do

Give your child a few sips of water and watch for nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If your child experiences more than one episode of vomiting or persistent diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Poison Information

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Also Known As

Liquid soap, bar soap, moisturizing soap, antibacterial soap

What It Is

Hand and body soaps contain nonionic and anionic surfactants.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

There are usually no symptoms from eating soap, but your child may experience nausea, an episode of vomiting and loose stools.

What To Do

Give your child a few sips of water and watch for nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If your child experiences more than one episode of vomiting or persistent diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Toxicity

Hand and body soaps are minimally toxic, but may cause mild irritation to the stomach or intestines. Degreasers and cleaning products intended to clean anything other than the human body may contain more toxic ingredients.

Eye Exposure

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

 

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