Fruit Pits

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 and possible stomach upset. Longer exposure can have more serious effects.

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 fruit pits:

Fresh cherries, peaches, and other stone fruits are delicious, as long as you stay away from the pit! The seeds of stone fruits — including cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and mangoes — naturally contain cyanide compounds, which are poisonous. 

If you accidentally swallow a fruit pit, it probably won’t cause any harm. However, you should not crush or chew the seeds. Children should be taught to spit fruit pits and seeds out. If you or a child swallows a significant amount, it is important to call for help. 

If you notice that your child has swallowed a fruit pit, it is important not to panic. Take any remaining pits away from the child and wipe their mouth out with a soft wet cloth. You may give them some water to drink. 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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