Face Masks

Julie Weber Is This A Poison

Toxicity: Risk for toxicity will vary based on the amount ingested. Minimal exposure in young children has a low risk for toxicity. 

Expected symptoms: Minimal exposure typically results in an unpleasant taste while a larger exposure can cause an upset stomach or loose stool.

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

Quick Facts about face masks:

Today, you can buy cosmetic face masks that promise to moisturize your skin or clear blemishes. While ingredients vary based on the kind or brand, they usually contain a combination of creams, fragrances, and cleansers. 

Small children may like the way a cosmetic face mask smells and may be tempted to put it in their mouth. Generally, face masks are only mildly toxic and will not harm your child. However, there is a risk of choking if they put a large amount of the thick cream or film in their mouth. Be sure to keep face masks and other cosmetic products out of the reach of children. 

If you notice that your child has ingested some of a cosmetic face mask, it is important not to panic. Most children will react to the taste, and may cough or gag. 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.

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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