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Harmless substances


Fortunately, most young children will swallow substances or medications that do not produce any serious symptoms.In general, the following list includes examples of harmless substances when swallowed:

  •  Aluminum foil
  • Bar soap
  • Candles
  • Chalk
  • Cigarette ashes
  •  Crayons
  •  Cosmetics (except nail polish remover)
  • Deodorants
  • Hair sprays
  • Hand lotions
  • Lead pencils (the “lead” is actually graphite)
  • Lipstick
  • Mascara
  • Mercury from a broken thermometer
  • Motor oil
  • Perfumes
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Shaving cream
  • Silica gel
  • Silly putty
  • Spackle
  • Styrofoam
  • Suntan lotions
  • Toothpaste (without fluoride)
  • Water colors

Some examples of harmless medications when swallowed:

  •  Antacids
  • Antibiotics (most)
  • Birth control pills
  • Calamine lotion
  • Stool softeners
  • Vitamins without iron