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Glow Sticks

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Glow sticks, necklaces, and bracelets are very popular items at Halloween, Independence Day, at concerts and at birthday parties. Children of all ages can bite into them or get the liquid into their eyes. The substance inside these glowing items is dibutyl phthalate--a clear, oily, colorless liquid. It is low in toxicity but can irritate the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. 

For Ingestion:

  • Don't be alarmed if your child's lips and tongue glow for a few minutes.
  • Wipe the mouth with a clean wet washcloth; go over the tongue and around the gum line.
  • Give the child a glass of water.

For Eye Exposure:

  • Irrigate exposed eye(s) with a generous amount of room temperature water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Call the Carolinas Poison Center for persistent irritation, swelling, pain or sensitivity to light.

For Skin Exposure:

  • Remove any clothing that is wet with the liquid.
  • Wash the exposed skin areas thoroughly with soap and water.

Call the Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for more information.



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