Lotions are a mixture of oils and water used to smooth, moisturize and soften the skin. Frequently added ingredients include fragrances, dyes and preservatives.
A child finding some lotion during an unsupervised moment is a common call to the poison center. Children are fast and find things we did not even know were left out. Children love to imitate adults and sometimes use lotions the right way by rubbing it onto the skin, but often they decide to do a taste test instead. Lotion is not toxic so the small amount that a child usually eats will not make your child sick.
If you find your child eating some lotion, do not panic. Take the lotion away from him or her, wipe off any lotion from their hands, wipe out their mouth with a wet wash cloth, and have them drink some water. Eating small amounts of lotion may cause minor stomach upset or there is a possibility of a loose stool.
If the lotion or cream is MEDICATED, this means it contains additional ingredients that can cause more symptoms. Play it safe and immediately call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 if a medicated lotion was ingested. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.