Disposable Diapers

Julie Weber Is This A Poison

Toxicity:  Minimal toxicity if small amount ingested. 

Expected symptoms:  May cause choking. Larger amounts swallowed may lead to stomach pain or vomiting.

What to do:  Wipe out the child’s mouth with a wet cloth or rinse the mouth. Give your child a drink of water. Contact the Missouri Poison Center immediately.

Diapers often contain a layering of fluff material for comfort, Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP) to soak up liquid, and a waterproof outer shell. Some diapers also include a fragrance. 

The SAP layer, meant to absorb and lock fluids in, is made of crystals or gel. These substances go by several names, including Absorbent Gel Material (AGM) and sodium polyacrylate. They can soak up a significant amount of moisture; that’s why disposable diapers are so popular! In general, diapers are considered nontoxic when a child swallows a small amount of the gel-like beads inside.

If you notice that your child has ingested parts of a disposable diaper, 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 wash it down into the stomach. Do not try to induce vomiting. 

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. 

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