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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.


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My Child Ate Chalk

Dec 16, 2017
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Chalk                                                                                Post Date:  April 24, 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


What It Is:  Chalk is used for drawing and coloring; it is readily washable.  Chalk contains calcium salts.


Toxicity:  Chalk is considered to be non-toxic in small ingestions.  Chalk can be a choking hazard.  If your child is choking on chalk, call 911 immediately.


Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning:  None in small amounts


What You Should Do:  Give the child a few sips of water.  If your child has any symptoms, call your local Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.




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! 


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