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Disposable Diapers

Low Risk

Also known as:

Huggies® Luvs® Pampers™

Possible Symptoms
  • minor stomach upset
  • choking hazard
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

Diapers often contain a layering of fluff material for comfort, Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP) to soak up liquid, and a waterproof outer shell. Some diapers also include a fragrance.

The SAP layer, meant to absorb and lock fluids in, is made of crystals or gel. These substances go by several names, including Absorbent Gel Material (AGM) and sodium polyacrylate. They can soak up a significant amount of moisture; that’s why disposable diapers are so popular! In general, diapers are considered nontoxic when a child swallows a small amount of the gel-like beads inside.

If you notice that your child has ingested parts of a disposable diaper, it is important not to panic. Take the product away from the child and wipe their mouth out with a soft wet cloth. You may give them some water to wash it down into the stomach. 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.

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