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