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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 Lip Products

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Lip Products are Usually Nontoxic .

If your child ate lip products like Chapstick or lipstick, give them a few sips of water and monitor for symptoms like vomiting.

If your child swallowed prescription lip products, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

What to know: Lip Products

  • Lip products include lip balm, Chapstick, lip stick, lip liner and more.

Toxicity Level

What are toxicity levels?

My child ate Chapstick or lipstick. Are lip products toxic? 

Lip products are considered nontoxic in small amounts. Ingredients in lip products vary between the type and brand, but may include oils, waxes, perfumes, coloring agents, pigments, lanolin, antioxidants, preservatives and emulsifying agents.

If your child ate prescription lip products, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222 for advice specific to your situation. These items may contain extra ingredients.

Symptoms of Poisoning

If your child ate lip products, give them a few sips of water and watch for symptoms.

If your child begins vomiting or has an episode of loose stool or diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Eye Exposure

  • Lip products may cause irritation if exposed to eyes.

  • If your child got lip products 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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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.