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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 Play-Doh

Play-Doh is Minimally toxic .

If your child swallowed Play-Doh, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting and constipation.

If your child ate homemade “slime” that’s made with Borax or boric acid, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

What to know: Play-Doh

  • Play-Doh is also known as clay or modeling clay.

Toxicity Level

What are toxicity levels?

My kid ate Play-Doh. Is Play-Doh toxic? 

Play-Doh and clay are minimally toxic if swallowed in small amounts. Some types may contain wheat, which could cause an allergic reaction if your child is sensitive to wheat gluten.

Some homemade clay or "slime" recipes use Borax or boric acid, which can be toxic if swallowed. If your child swallowed Borax or boric acid, call IPC now at 1-800-222-1222.

Symptoms of Poisoning

Eating a small amount of Play-Doh or modeling clay does not usually cause any symptoms. Eating large amounts may cause vomiting or constipation.

If symptoms develop or your child experiences continued vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Eye Exposure

  • Play-Doh may cause irritation if exposed to eyes.

  • If your child got Play-Doh 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.