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Non-Toxic Ingestion: Care Instructions

Your Care Instructions

You swallowed something that is not a poison, or toxin. In most cases this will not cause problems.

Your body will pass what you ate or drank. Drinking plenty of fluids and eating foods with fibre will help.

The doctor has checked you carefully. But problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Follow your doctor's instructions about closely watching your health and behaviour.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. If you have kidney, heart, or liver disease and have to limit fluids, talk with your doctor before you increase the amount of fluids you drink.
  • Include fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains in your diet each day. These foods are high in fibre.

When should you call for help?

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You passed out (lost consciousness).
  • You are confused or can't thinking clearly.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

  • You do not get better as expected.

Where can you learn more?

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