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Ontario Poison Centre

Bath water

Bath water


Babies and toddlers will at some point swallow bath water, either from sucking on a washcloth or drinking from a bath toy.  While bath water usually contains soap, shampoo or oil residue, it is so dilute that it will not cause any harm. If a large amount is swallowed, it may cause minor stomach upset due to irritant effect of bath products.

Poisoning Risk


Expected Symptoms

  • Possible upset stomach (discomfort, nausea, isolated episode of vomiting or diarrhea).

Home Treatment

  • Provide something else to drink for dilution.
  • If you have questions, call the Poison Centre.


  • 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).



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