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Air Fresheners

Low Risk

Also known as:

Bath & Body Works® Wallflower Febreze Glade Plug®-In Scented Oil Lysol® Poo-Pourri® Renuzit® scented gel beads

Possible Symptoms
  • Mouth and throat irritation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin irritation with prolonged exposure
  • Eye irritation
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Rinse any exposed skin with lukewarm water and soap.
  4. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.
If Exposed to Eyes

1. Start rinsing eye(s) with lukewarm water.
2. Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further recommendations.


If your child has gotten air freshener into their eyes, call the Missouri Poison Center now for help on how to rinse the eyes.Air fresheners are used to eliminate odors and to emit pleasant fragrance.  They come in sprays, candles, oils, gels, soft beads and plug-ins.  This information does not include scented lamp oils or concentrated essential oils.  Contact the poison center now if your child has come in contact with one of these products.

Additional Information

Children get into all varieties of the fresheners, but one of the most common is the plug-in.  When babies become mobile and crawl about, their world expands and the exploring begins.  Plug-in scents are right at their level, making them easy to reach.  Parents are usually alerted to the baby/child crying and find the unit unplugged and pulled apart.

If your child has gotten into an air freshener, do not panic.  Take the freshener away from them, wash their hands and fingers with soap and water and then wipe out their mouths with a soft, wet cloth.  After washing and rinsing, give the child a drink of water.

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, too.

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