If the child swallowed more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not possible of the exact substance or amount swallowed, call the Poison Center Hotline immediately at 800-222-1222. The call is free and confidential.
Petroleum jelly, petrolatum
Soft or loose stool
If your child is not having any symptoms and can swallow easily, give a few sips of water and watch for the symptoms described above.
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.
NOTE: If a large amount of Vaseline has been ingested or the child develops coughing, vomiting or diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
Vaseline is considered to be minimally toxic when ingested.
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.