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.
Liquid soap, bar soap, moisturizing soap, antibacterial soap
There are usually no symptoms from eating soap, but your child may experience nausea, an episode of vomiting and loose stools.
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.
Hand and body soaps contain nonionic and anionic surfactants.
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.
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.