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 colorful 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 crayon(s) are eaten, they may cause an upset stomach. Crayons can be a choking hazard, just like any toy that can fit in a child’s mouth.
What to do if your child has eaten a crayon
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? Wash with soap and water. If skin irritation occurs, 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 from exposure and get fresh air. If irritation persists, call the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
- 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 non-toxic and safe by The Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI).
Ingredients we're looking at
- Paraffin wax
- Color pigment