Air fresheners are used to eliminate odors and come in a variety of forms: sprays, candles, oils, and plug-ins.
Plug-ins are a common unintentional exposure for babies and toddlers, as these are often right at their level.
Low in taste amounts.
- Possible skin, mouth or throat irritation.
- Possible upset stomach (discomfort, nausea, isolated episode of vomiting or diarrhea).
- Wash hands with soap and water, and wipe mouth with a damp cloth.
- Provide something to drink for dilution.
- For eye exposures, rinse eyes for at least 15 minutes with lukewarm water.
- Call the Poison Centre for further advice.
*Note: concentrated essential oils can be harmful when swallowed, and can be very dangerous if they get into the airway. If the person exposed has difficulty breathing, call 911.
- Avoid using plug-ins when there are babies or toddlers in the home.
- Every case is different. OPC is available 24hrs/day to provide information for your individual situation. Call 1-800-268-9017 (Toll-free) or 416-813-5900 (Local).