Baby lotions, oils, and powders are a staple in the nursery. Children are often found smearing them all over themselves and everything else nearby!
Baby Lotion – Lotion is used to moisturize the skin and may contain oils or fragrances. Baby lotion is considered minimally toxic. If swallowed, it can cause a mild laxative effect, producing stomach upset and a loose stool.
Baby Powder – Can be made from cornstarch, arrowroot, or talc. Baby powders are often used to prevent diaper rash. A baby or toddler may tip the powder into their mouth while they are laying on their back during a diaper change. It usually causes them to cough from breathing in the powder into their lungs. IMPORTANT: Powders containing talc can be toxic if breathed in or swallowed, so call the poison center right away!
Baby Oil – Baby oil is made of mineral oil and fragrance and is often used as a moisturizer or to prevent skin irritation. CAUTION: This slippery liquid can be dangerous if swallowed, due to the potential for aspiration (getting it into the lungs or “going down the wrong pipe”). Oil in the lungs poses a risk for breathing difficulties and possible lung infection (pneumonia) which requires medical attention. Call the Missouri Poison Center immediately!
If you notice that your child has ingested some of these products, it is important not to panic. Take the product away from the child and wipe their mouth out with a soft wet cloth. You may give them some water to drink to get the taste out of their mouth. Do not try to induce vomiting. If it is on the skin, wash the exposed skin with soap and water to clean them up.
After you have removed your child from the situation, immediately call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. Treatment recommendations are often determined by the amount ingested. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions and our team of medical professionals will help to walk you through the next steps.