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My Child Ate Glow Stick

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Glow Stick is Minimally toxic .

If your child ate glow stick liquid, give them a few sips of water and monitor for symptoms like vomiting or throat irritation.

What to know: Glow Stick

  • A glow stick can also be known as a light stick or glow tube.
  • If your child experiences persistent or continued vomiting, diarrhea or coughing, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222. This call is free and confidential.

Toxicity Level

What are toxicity levels?

My child ate a glow stick or got the liquid in their eyes. Are glow sticks toxic? 

Glow stick liquid is minimally toxic if ingested in small amounts, such as a lick. It can also irritate the eyes and will need to be rinsed out with clean water.

The exact chemicals inside a glow stick may differ based on the color of light emitted. For advice specific to your situation, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Symptoms of Poisoning

A mouthful or less of glow stick liquid may cause minor mouth or throat irritation, and possibly some minor skin irritation and redness. If your child is not having symptoms, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting.

If your child begins vomiting, develops sores or blisters on their skin or got the liquid in their eyes, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

Eye Exposure

  • Glow stick liquid may cause irritation if exposed to eyes.

  • If your child got glow stick liquid 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

    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.