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

Quick take on ingesting crayons

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 eaten a crayon?

Don't panic, it is fairly common for curious kids to chew on colored sticks. Good news! Crayons are quite safe. Crayons are generally made from wax and coloring. The ingredients are considered non-toxic and most cases will not require medical attention. However, if a crayon is eaten, it may cause an upset stomach. Additionally, crayons can be a choking hazard, just like any toy that can fit into a child's mouth.

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.

Prevention tips

  • Avoid eating and drinking while using crayons.
  • Buy art materials that are certified non-toxic and safe.
    • Look for products with "The AP Seal" that certify products as no-toxic and safe by the Art and Creative Material Institute (ACMI).

Ingredients we're looking at

  • Paraffin wax
  • Color pigment

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