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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.

Vaseline

Also Known As:

Petroleum jelly, petrolatum

vaseline

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, is minimally toxic. If your child swallowed Vaseline, give them a few sips of water and watch for coughing, vomiting and diarrhea. If your child develops symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Possible Symptoms

If your child ate Vaseline, they may experience soft or loose stools.

What To Do

If your child is not having any symptoms, give them a few sips of water and watch for soft or loose stools. If your child begins coughing, vomiting or experiencing diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Poison Information

Toxicity Level

Minimally toxic

Also Known As

Petroleum jelly, petrolatum

What It Is

Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, is a mixture of natural waxes and mineral oils. It is used to moisturize the skin, exfoliate lips, remove eye makeup and more.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

If your child ate Vaseline, they may experience soft or loose stools.

What To Do

If your child is not having any symptoms, give them a few sips of water and watch for soft or loose stools. If your child begins coughing, vomiting or experiencing diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Toxicity

Vaseline is considered to be minimally toxic when ingested.

Eye Exposure

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

 

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