Spackle

Julie Weber Is This A Poison

Toxicity:  Small amounts are harmless.

Expected symptoms:   No symptoms with small amounts.  If several mouthfuls are swallowed it might cause minor constipation or a light-colored stool.

If a child puts a glob of hard, dry spackle into their mouth it could  cause choking.  Call 911 if child is choking.

What to do:  Wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink.

Spackle is a white, soft moldable putty used to fill holes in walls or to fill in the gaps between sheets of drywall or wallboard before it is painted.  Sometimes it is called spackling compound, joint compound, or drywall mud.  Traditional spackle is mainly ground up limestone (calcium carbonate).  New, lighter weight spackle may have other ingredients such as vinyl or acrylic plastic, ground up gypsum (plaster) or silicate.  Children may be drawn to spackle since it looks and feels like modeling clay.

If you find your child has eaten spackle, do not panic.  Take the spackle away from them, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink.  If you have questions about the kind of spackle or want some help watching this, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222.  The poison center is open all day, every day for problems and questions just like this.

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