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If your child is having symptoms or you don't know the exact substance or amount swallowed, call the Poison Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. This call is free and confidential.

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My Child Ate Antiperspirant / Deodorant

Antiperspirant / Deodorant is Minimally toxic .

If your child ate antiperspirant or deodorant, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting or diarrhea. Call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 if symptoms develop. This call is free and confidential.

What to know: Antiperspirant / Deodorant

  • Antiperspirant and deodorant include Degree, Arrid, Arm & Hammer, Old Spice, Sure, Certain Dri, Dry Idea, Ban, Speed Stick, Dove, Right Guard, Mitchum, Soft & Dri, Secret and more.

Toxicity Level

What are toxicity levels?

My toddler ate antiperspirant or deodorant. Are antiperspirants or deodorants toxic? 

Antiperspirant and deodorant, including liquid, solid and aerosol products, are minimally toxic.  

If your child ate or inhaled deodorant or antiperspirant, give them a few sips of water and watch for persistent vomiting, diarrhea or coughing. If your child develops symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222. This call is free and confidential.

Symptoms of Poisoning

The ingredients in antiperspirants and deodorants can irritate the stomach and intestines, and may cause an episode of vomiting or mild diarrhea. Aerosol products can cause coughing and other respiratory symptoms if inhaled.

Eye Exposure

  • Antiperspirants and deodorants may cause irritation if exposed to eyes.
  • If your child got antiperspirant or deodorant in their eyes, rinse by pouring clean, lukewarm water across the affected eye(s) for 15 minutes.
For more information, please see our page on eye exposure information.

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Poison Center HelplineCalls are free and confidential.

  1. In Case of Emergency

    Call 911 if someone is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing.

  2. Remain Calm

    Most poison emergencies can be resolved quickly over the phone.

  3. Call the Helpline

    Call 1-800-222-1222 if you are concerned that you or someone else has been exposed to a potentially harmful substance.