Nail Polish

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This information applies to base coat, top coat and nail polishes which typically consist of a solvent, a plasticizer with cellulose, resins and dye. This information does not include nail polish removers or products used for artificial nails such as acrylic primer, powder and liquid, acrylic nail removers and fungicides.

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Markers and Ink

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This information applies to markers which include highlighters, dry erase, washable, and permanent markers, and also includes inks found in ball point pens and gel pens. Common calls to the poison center regarding inks involve the school aged child chewing on a pen with reports of it “exploding” in the mouth or a young child chewing on a marker.

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Hand and Body Lotion

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A child finding some lotion during an unsupervised moment is a common call to the poison center. Children are fast and find things we did not even know were left out. Children love to imitate adults and sometimes use lotions the right way by rubbing it onto the skin, but often they decide to do a taste test instead. Lotion is not toxic so the small amount that a child usually eats will not make your child sick.

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Glow Jewelry

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Children love glow jewelry because of the bright colors and the magical way they light up. They come in all shapes and sizes and are filled with liquid that glows a variety of fluorescent colors. Kids tend to chew on their glow jewelry and bend them as they are playing with them. Parents and kids alike are surprised when they break open in their hands and mouth.

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Diaper Rash Products

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Diaper rash products are usually ointments or creams that come in tubes or jars. They can be bought at the grocery store or drug store without a prescription. They are used to protect the child’s skin from urine and feces that can cause a red, painful rash. Most diaper rash products contain zinc oxide and are white in color.

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Deodorant/Antiperspirant

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Deodorants/Antiperspirants are used on the skin to reduce perspiration and control body odor. They are sold as creams, roll-on, aerosol spray, and solid forms. Most deodorants/antiperspirants contain a form of aluminum combined with a fragrance or essential oil.

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Cosmetics

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Cosmetics, also known as make-up, are a wide range of products applied to the body, most often the face, to enhance appearance. They are often kept in areas that are easy for children to reach such as purses, drawers, and bathroom cabinets. In an attempt to imitate what they see, sometimes the child will smear the make-up all over their face causing it to get into the eyes or mouth. Children will also taste test or bite into the product.

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Air Fresheners

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Air fresheners are used to eliminate odors and to emit pleasant fragrance. They come in sprays, candles, oils, gels, soft beads and plug-ins. This information does not include scented lamp oils or concentrated essential oils. Contact the poison center now if your child has come in contact with one of these products.

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Bubbles

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Sometimes when kids are playing with bubbles, they suck them into their mouth instead of blowing them out or they put the wand in their mouth, thinking it is a lollipop. Other times, children tip the bottle into their mouth and take a sip. Once a child tastes the bubbles, they often make a yucky face and spit them out.

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Pool Chemical Safety

Pool Chemical Safety

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The hot days of summer are often quenched by a refreshing swim in the backyard or community swimming pool. Many pools are treated with chemicals to prevent unwanted bacterial growth. Exposure to these chemicals can happen to pool owners during routine maintenance or to those just wanting to enjoy a …

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