Illinois Poison Center hotline 1-800-222-1222
Check us out on Facebook Blog Twitter You Tube
Poison Prevention Education
winter poison prevention tips
My Child Ate 2014 Widget

In an Emergency

1. Call the Poison Center Helpline (1-800-222-1222) if you or another person have been exposed to something that might cause an unwanted and/or unexpected reaction.


2. Remain calm - the majority of poison emergencies can be resolved quickly; over the phone


3. Call 9-1-1 if the person is unconscious or has difficulty breathing.




My Child Ate Silica Gel

Dec 17, 2017
Print This Page


Silica Gel                                                  Post Date:  Sept. 2012

                                                                Most Recent Update:  Jan. 2014 


This information is applicable for small, unintentional ingestions only. If the child ingested more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not positive of the exact substance or amount ingested, call your local Poison Center immediately 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a nurse, pharmacist or physician for recommendations specific to your situation.  The call is free and confidential.


Toxicity Level:  Minimally toxic 


Also Known As:  Silicic acid, H2SiO3, desiccant


What It Is:  Silica gel comes in the form of clear round balls in a paper or cloth packet.  The packets are often found in new store-bought products (such as shoes, backpacks and handbags).  The purpose of the silica gel  packet is to absorb water and maintain dryness in these products.


Toxicity:  Silica gel is chemically inert and is considered to be non-toxic.  The concern with this substances it that it can be a choking hazard (this is why these packets often say ‘DO NOT EAT’ on them). If your child is choking on silica gel, call 911 immediately.


Possible Symptoms Of Overdose/Poisoning:  None 


What You Should Do:  Give the child a fews sips of water. 



If your child has gotten this substance in their eyes, please view our Eye Exposure information.


If you have any further questions about this substance, or if your child is experiencing any symptoms, call the poison center experts who are available 24/7 via the free, confidential helpline: 1-800-222-1222.   Don’t guess, be sure!


Your feedback is important to maintain this resource.  Please take 1 minute to complete the survey:

← Browse other topics

Bookmark and Share
Donate to the IPC
222 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60606
Phone: 312-906-6136 TDD: 312-906-6185 Fax: 312-627-8006