Your child swallowed something that is not a poison, or toxin. In most cases this will not cause problems.
Your child's body will pass what he or she ate or drank. You can help by offering your child plenty of fluids and foods with fibre.
Liquid charcoal may be given to a child who has swallowed a non-toxic substance. If your child was treated with liquid charcoal, expect his or her stools to be black for a couple of days. The doctor may give you instructions for how to treat other side effects of charcoal, such as nausea and constipation.
Most households contain many items that can be a hazard if swallowed. This is a good time to check your home to make sure that all alcohol, medicine, and household products are kept out of sight.
The doctor has checked your child 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 child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 28, 2018
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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