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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.

Toothpaste

Also Known As:

Crest, Colgate, Close-Up, Pepsodent, Sensodyne

toothpaste

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Possible Symptoms

Nausea, vomiting

What To Do

If your child ingested less than a tablespoon, give the child a few sips of water or milk and watch for nausea and vomiting. Call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 if any symptoms occur.

NOTE: If your child ingested more than twice the amount used for brushing or you are unsure how much your child ingested, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222. An IPC expert will ask you a few questions and then tell you if it is safe to watch the child at home or if you need to take him or her to the emergency room. Calling IPC is free and confidential.

Poison Information

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Also Known As

Crest, Colgate, Close-Up, Pepsodent, Sensodyne

What It Is

Most types of toothpaste contain fluoride. Other ingredients can include sorbitol.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

Nausea, vomiting

What To Do

If your child ingested less than a tablespoon, give the child a few sips of water or milk and watch for nausea and vomiting. Call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 if any symptoms occur.

NOTE: If your child ingested more than twice the amount used for brushing or you are unsure how much your child ingested, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222. An IPC expert will ask you a few questions and then tell you if it is safe to watch the child at home or if you need to take him or her to the emergency room. Calling IPC is free and confidential.

Toxicity

Minimally toxic if ingested in small amounts. Fluoride can be toxic in large amounts. Toothpaste contains a low concentration of fluoride, so ingestion of a small amount is unlikely to cause toxicity. If your child has ingested more than twice the amount used for brushing, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 for advice specific to your situation. Calling IPC is free and confidential.

Eye Exposure

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

 

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