Kids love glitter. It’s colorful, it’s sparkly, and it makes any event a little more fun. But what is it made of? And what might happen if your child decides to taste it? The good news is that glitter is generally harmless. However, there are a few facts you’ll want to be aware of.
While glitter has, over the years, been made from many different materials, modern glitter is generally made from plastic. It may also include reflective material such as aluminum foil. Small tastes of glitter is generally considered non-toxic and will pass through the stomach without causing harm.
If you notice that your child has ingested glitter, do not panic. Take the product away from the child and wipe their mouth out with a soft wet cloth. You may give them some water. 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.