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.
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While toothpaste is minimally toxic in small amounts, flouride can be toxic in larger amounts. If your child swallowed more than twice the amount used for brushing or is vomiting, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
Your child may experience some nausea or vomiting.
If your child is not having symptoms, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting. If your child experiences more than one episode of vomiting, or they ate more than twice the amount used for brushing, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
Most types of toothpaste contain fluoride. Other ingredients can include sorbitol.
Toothpaste is 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.
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.