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DD just bit into a glow stick

(8 Posts)
HumphreyCobbler Sun 07-Nov-10 18:42:03

I rinsed her mouth out, I don't THINK she swallowed any, but I can't be sure.

Will phone NHS direct, just wondered if this had happened to anyone else?

CarGirl Sun 07-Nov-10 18:43:57

Yes mine did and they were fine but see what NHS direct say. Ruined the duvet cover too angry they are now banned from the bedrooms!

Constance39 Sun 07-Nov-10 18:44:43

What is in them? It has always bothered me!

Hope she is Ok, HC.

HumphreyCobbler Sun 07-Nov-10 18:46:24

Thanks, I can't believe that they are a deadly poison, they are for children to play with after all.

mummydoc Sun 07-Nov-10 18:59:05

my dd did this a few yrs back , ichecked pkt and they did say non toxic, her PJs glowed abit were she had dribbled and her lips glowed a bit ( honest not taking the piss) but she was fine

pacinofan Mon 08-Nov-10 22:58:33

This happened to me when my girls had their party bags on their laps in the car on the way home from a party. Dd1 bit into it thinking it was a sherbet type thing, I did 'phone NHS direct because she swallowed some (not much), they reassured me they were not toxic and not to worry unless she became unwell. Apparently they get a lot of calls about them around this time of year.

LoopyLoops Mon 08-Nov-10 23:01:28

Don't worry, she'll be fine.

whomovedmychocolate Mon 08-Nov-10 23:05:02

From Wikipedia:


Glow sticks contain hydrogen peroxide, and phenol is produced as a by-product. It is advisable, therefore, to keep the mixture away from skin and to prevent accidental ingestion if the glow stick case splits or breaks. If spilled on skin the chemicals could cause slight skin irritation, swelling, or, in extreme circumstances, vomiting and nausea. Some ravers will cut or break open a glow stick and apply the glowing solution directly to bare skin in order to make their bodies glow. Some of the chemicals used in older glow sticks were thought to potentially be carcinogens[10]. The sensitizers used are polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, a class of compounds known for their carcinogenity. Also it is wise to avoid all contact with thin membranes such as the eye or nasal area. Despite reports to the contrary[which?], it is not safe to smoke or ingest glowing phenol, and it will not produce any drug-like effects. The fluid contained in glow sticks can also dissolve some types of plastic[citation needed].

So umm won't kill her immediately hmm


Would not let my urchins have them for this reason.

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