Quick Facts about ammonia:
What happens if your child swallows ammonia? We have all the answers for you!
Household ammonia is used as a cleaner on its own, or as an ingredient in window cleaners and floor waxes. Ammonia is also the ingredient in smelling salts because the sharp, pungent odor irritates the lining of the nose and lungs which triggers the inhalation reflex (breathing in).
If household ammonia is accidentally confused as a beverage, the strong smell of ammonia will typically alert a person before much is actually swallowed. If a small amount is ingested, expect a bad taste with possible throat and stomach irritation, which may lead to vomiting. Exposure to low level ammonia fumes can cause coughing, runny nose and eye irritation. Individuals with asthma or other sensitivities may have more significant symptoms after exposure to the fumes.
If you find your child has gotten into ammonia, do not panic. Take the ammonia away from them, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water or milk to drink. If problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.
IMPORTANT: If ammonia is more concentrated or “industrial strength” call the Missouri Poison Center right away for advice.