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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 Crayons

Crayons are Minimally toxic .

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

What to know: Crayons

  • Crayons are also known as brand names like Crayola.
  • Crayons can be a choking hazard. If your child is choking on a crayon, call 911 immediately.

Toxicity Level

What are toxicity levels?

My child ate crayons. Are crayons toxic?

Crayons are minimally toxic and can cause a mild laxative effect if ingested.

If your child is not having symptoms, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting or diarrhea.

Symptoms of Poisoning

Eating crayons can cause an episode of vomiting, diarrhea, or choking.

If your child experiences persistent vomiting, diarrhea or coughing, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Eye Exposure

  • Crayons may cause irritation if exposed to eyes.   

  • If your child got crayon residue 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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This call is free and confidential.

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.