The Missouri Poison Center handles calls every day about children getting into gummy vitamins. When we receive a gummy vitamin call, it is not unusual to hear about large numbers of vitamins that have been eaten. Generally, kids will eat as many as time allows: 20, 30, 40 gummies or even more have been reported to the poison center. While it is never advised to eat this many vitamins, a one-time, accidental, larger-than-normal dose is typically well tolerated with limited symptoms. These gummy vitamins do NOT usually contain iron. The most common symptoms include an upset stomach or diarrhea. It is recommended to withhold daily vitamins for anywhere from 1-2 weeks after a large ingestion – we will advise you the exact amount of time for your specific scenario!
If you find your child eating gummy vitamins, do not panic. Take the vitamins away from them, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink. Giving them a small snack can help prevent any upset stomach. 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.
Special Note: When children get into multivitamins that contain iron, there is a potential for toxic symptoms. Most prenatal vitamins, some adult vitamins, and many children’s chewable tablets likely contain iron. If your child has eaten vitamins that contain iron, call the poison center immediately for expert advice.