Airborne Products

Airborne® Products

Julie Weber Is This A Poison

Toxicity:  None to minor toxicity in accidental ingestions.

Expected symptoms: Minor stomach irritation can occur with large amounts, resulting in possible nausea and vomiting, sometimes diarrhea.

What to do:  Rinse the mouth or wipe it out with a soft, wet cloth and then give the child a serving size of beverage to drink.

Quick Facts about Airborne® Products:

Airborne® products were invented by a school teacher to help prevent the common cold and to improve the immune system.  It was initially offered as a fizzy tablet to dissolve in water for drinking, but now it is available as a powder, liquid shots, gummies, and chewable tablets as well. The product contains a blend of vitamins, minerals, and herbs and is marketed to help support your immune system. As a supplement these claims are not FDA approved and the ingredients are not required to be laboratory tested.  Because these products are sweet, children may eat large quantities if not found and stopped right away.  Sometimes, adults take more than advised trying to prevent getting ill.

While it is never advised to eat Airborne® like candy or take more than advised on the label, a one-time, accidental, larger-than-normal dose is typically well tolerated with limited symptoms.  Some of the ingredients can be irritating to the stomach, causing stomach upset with possible nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  Additionally, medical experts recommend caution with overuse of Vitamin C.  A one-time large dose is removed by the kidneys with little to no symptoms, but if large doses are taken daily over a period of time, it can build up and lead to problems, especially for those with kidney disease.

If you have taken more than recommended or if you find your child eating an Airborne® product, do not panic.  Stop taking the product, or if it is a child, take it away from them, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink.  If problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.  The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.

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