skip to Main Content


Low Risk

Also known as:

tea light votive wax melts

Possible Symptoms
  • stomach upset
  • diarrhea
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.

Additional Information

Most candles are made of beeswax, paraffin wax or a plant based wax.  Additional ingredients include dyes to color the candle and essential oils to add fragrance.  There is also a core used to help keep the candle wick stiff and upright.  The core has not been made with lead since the 1970’s due to known health and developmental hazards associated with lead.  Today most metal-cored wicks use zinc or an alloy of zinc which should not cause any effects.

Commonly children have easy access to birthday candles and take a bite from the small candle. When children have access to larger candles, they are either using their fingers to scratch off pieces of the wax to taste, or sometimes they take a bite directly from it.  If enough candle wax is swallowed, it can result in minor upset stomach or a loose stool.

If you find your child eating candle wax, do not panic.  Take the candle away from them, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink.  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

Take The Missouri Poison Center With You

Emergencies don’t wait for you, so you shouldn’t have to wait to call for help. Get the Missouri Poison Center app with poison information and a link to the Poison Help Line. It is just a click away during the most stressful moments. Our registered nurses and pharmacists are here 24/7/365 days a year to help guide you through poison exposures and overdose emergencies.

Don’t wait. Download now.

Graphic illustration of the MPC app on an iPhone home screen
Call Now