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My Child Ate Antacid Tablets

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Antacid Tablets are Minimally toxic .

If your child ate antacid tablets, give them a few sips of water and watch for constipation. 

If your child swallowed Pepto Bismol tablets, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

What to know: Antacid Tablets

  • Antacid tablets are also known as calcium carbonate, Tums, Rolaids, Pepto Bismol, Pepcid or generic/store brand chewable antacid tablets.
  • Antacid tablets can be a choking hazard. If your child is choking on an antacid tablet, call 911 immediately.

Toxicity Level

What are toxicity levels?

My toddler ate Tums/antacid tablets. What should I do?

Antacid tablets are minimally toxic. If your child ate antacid tablets, give them a few sips of water and monitor for signs of constipation.

If your child ate Pepto Bismol chewables, call IPC now at 1-800-222-1222 for advice specific to your situation. These items contain extra ingredients.

Symptoms of Poisoning

Eating antacid tablets doesn’t usually cause symptoms, but your child may experience constipation.

If symptoms last more than 2-3 days, Call IPC now at 1-800-222-1222.

Eye Exposure

  • Antacid tablets may cause irritation if exposed to eyes.
  • If your child got residue from antacid tablets in their eyes, rinse by pouring clean, lukewarm water across the affected eye(s) for 15 minutes.

For more instructions, please see our page on eye exposure information.

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  1. In Case of Emergency

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  2. Remain Calm

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