Calamine Lotion

If you have any questions or concerns about a poisoning, call your local poison control center or 1-800-222-1222. Calls to the Poison Control Center at CHOP are always free, confidential and staff by pharmacists and nurse experts.

Quick take on ingesting calamine lotion

Toxicity? Minimal to none

Most common symptoms if swallowed? Upset stomach

When to seek immediate help and call 911? Choking or difficulty breathing.

Has your child gotten into calamine lotion?

Calamine lotion is supposed to be put on itchy skin, but even if a curious child drinks Calamine lotion, it can safely and easily be managed at home. Calamine lotion is made up several ingredients to give it a lotion consistency. These ingredients are not toxic, including its active ingredient, zinc oxide. Calamine lotion can cause an upset stomach if eaten. Follow our helpful treatment tips below to relieve any side effects.

Four common methods of poison exposure

In mouth or eaten? Give water and small snacks to help reduce taste and upset stomach. If choking or difficulty breathing, seek immediate help and call 911.

On skin? If skin irritation occurs, wash affected area with soap and water. If it does not subside, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

In eyes? Flush eyes with water for at least 15 minutes. If eye irritation persists, call the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

Inhaled? Remove the child from exposure and get fresh air. If irritation persists, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

What to expect from calamine lotion

  • Upset stomach — Cramping, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea may occur, but should be mild and go away on its own

Ingredients we're looking at

  • Zinc oxide
  • Ferric oxide

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