The various protein powders on the market are popular among athletes and those taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Young children might be attracted to protein powder products, especially if they see their parents and older siblings using them, or their favorite sports stars advertising them on television. Plus, these substances come in yummy flavors like strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, and mocha. Your child might want to give these powders a try because of their taste.
While not considered toxic, adult protein powders are not designed for children and should not be offered to them instead of food. There are certain protein powders or beverages designed for children; these should only be used as directed by a physician.
Protein powders and supplements are generally not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so you don’t always know what you’re getting when you consume these products. Some protein powders may contain stimulants or substances that can cause unwanted side effects or toxic symptoms, especially in young children.
If you notice that your child has ingested protein powder, 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.