Witch Hazel

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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:  Minimal exposure may result in nausea or vomiting.

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

Quick Facts about Witch Hazel:

Witch hazel is a plant that has been used for centuries to make medicine. Today, you’re likely to find witch hazel in a drugstore, where it is sold as an astringent for the skin. Some users believe that it eases inflammation, soothes and clears sensitive skin or acne.

If you look closely at the label, most brands of witch hazel contain alcohol (usually 15% ethanol, but some can be 70-78% ethanol). Like alcohol-based hand sanitizers, a small taste of witch hazel is not expected to cause drunkenness or intoxication.

It is very common for a child to react strongly to the taste of the witch hazel, it may cause them to cough and gag. If you notice that your child has ingested witch hazel, do not 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.

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