Vitamin C

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Toxicity:  Risk for toxicity will vary based on the amount ingested. Minimal exposure in young children has a low risk for toxicity. 

Expected symptoms:  Vitamin C may result in nausea or stomach upset. 

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

Quick Facts about vitamin C:

Vitamin C is found naturally in foods such as citrus fruit, tomatoes, and leafy vegetables. As a supplement it comes in several forms, including tablets, gummies, powders, and hard lozenges. Some patients take vitamin C as a way to boost their immune system during cold season or as a dietary supplement. Because vitamin C products can look like candy to children and are also pleasant tasting, some may be tempted to try it. While this usually isn’t harmful, there are a few things to be aware of. 

The recommended daily amount of vitamin C depends on age. Children and adults are dosed differently. Large amounts of vitamin C  may be upsetting to the stomach but does not usually cause serious effects in adults or children in a one time dose. Those with kidney disease or taking certain medications such as blood thinners or attention deficit disorder medications may have additional concerns. It is important to speak to your health care provider before making any changes to your medications and supplements.

If you notice that your child has ingested vitamin C, 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, but do not try to induce vomiting.

After you have removed your child from the situation, immediately call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. Treatment recommendations are often determined by the amount ingested. The poison centers serves people of all ages; you also may call about drug interactions and misdosing in adults. 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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