Bath Bombs

Julie Weber Is This A Poison

Toxicity:  Minimally toxic in small amounts.

Expected symptoms:  If swallowed, may cause an unpleasant taste and upset stomach. The ingredients in bath bombs can cause minor skin irritation in individuals with sensitive skin.

What to do:  Wipe out the mouth with a wet cloth, or swish water in the mouth and spit out several times.  Drink some water to help with the bad taste and to dilute any of the swallowed substance that reached the stomach.

Quick Facts about bath bombs:

Bath bombs are available in a variety of shapes, colors, and fragrances and are added to the bathtub to soften the skin and make a more relaxing experience.  They are usually made of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) mixed with a weak acid and various fragrances, oils, dyes, or moisturizers.  The dry ingredients are stable until it is placed into water, where it immediately starts to break apart and release fizzy bubbles.

Bath bombs are molded into various shapes and intended to be fun; they sometimes resemble treats such as candy or cupcakes.  This attracts young children to taste the bath bomb which turns into an unpleasant experience.  Along with not tasting good, the fizzing can take place in the mouth which can cause irritation to the tongue and mouth.  If enough of the bath bomb is swallowed, there can be stomach upset which can lead to nausea, vomiting and possible diarrhea.

Sometimes a bath bomb can cause minor skin irritation if a person is sensitive to the added ingredients such as fragrances and dyes.  Rinsing the skin thoroughly with soap and water after an exposure is a good idea, especially for those with tender skin.

If you find your child has taken a bite of a bath bomb, do not panic.  Take the bath bomb 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 right away at 1-800-222-1222 . The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.

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