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Liquid Starch

Low Risk

Also known as:

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Possible Symptoms
  • Unpleasant taste
  • minor stomach upset
  • 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.

Additional Information

Quick Facts about liquid starch:

Liquid starch is a product that adds firmness to fabrics and helps make ironing easier. It’s also used as an ingredient in some “slime” products, which are designed for children to play with.

Most types of liquid starch are environmentally friendly and made primarily from vegetable products. However, some commercial brands of liquid starch may contain chemical substances like borax (boric acid) that may be toxic in larger amounts.

Liquid starch can be irritating to the skin or eyes and can cause upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea if swallowed. It’s important to check the ingredients of your liquid starch and keep it out of reach of children.

If you notice that your child has ingested liquid starch, it is important not to panic. Most children may react to the taste, and may cough or gag. Take the product away from the child and wipe their mouth out with a soft wet cloth. You may give them some water to drink to get the taste out of their mouth. 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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