Back in the day, kids had Play-Doh or Silly Putty. Now, they have a wide variety of moldable toys, including foam, sand, and slime. Luckily, these products are designed for kids and are typically non-toxic.
Play foam is made from tiny polystyrene (a type of plastic) balls that are stuck together. The product can be pressed together, stretched, and shaped for hours of creative fun. Kinetic sand is similar – moldable, non-toxic, and easy to clean up after play. It is made of regular sand mixed with silicone to mimic wet sand.
Slime, sometimes called flubber, is the basic goop made with household products borax, white school glue, and water. When swallowed in small amounts, slime doesn’t usually cause any symptoms. But with prolonged use or in large amounts, it does have the potential to be harmful. The problem is the borax that’s included in some brands of play slime. We recommend checking the label of any slime product you buy for your children and have them wash their hands with soap and water after use.
If you notice that your child has ingested some of these products, 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 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.