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Liquid Starch

Julie Weber Is This A Poison

Toxicity: Minimal toxicity for most liquid starch products. 

Expected symptoms: Small exposures may result in an unpleasant taste. Minor stomach upset can occur in larger ingestions. 

What to do: Wipe out the child’s mouth with a wet cloth or rinse the mouth. Give your child a drink of water to help get the taste out of the mouth. Contact the Missouri Poison Center immediately.

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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