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Ontario Poison Centre




Candles are usually made of wax: beeswax, paraffin wax or plant-based wax. Some contain additive ingredients to provide colour or fragrance. Because candles are easy to bite into and have a mild taste, it is common to see unintentional ingestions in children.

Poisoning Risk


Expected Symptoms

  • If a large amount has been ingested, possible upset stomach (discomfort, nausea, isolated episode of vomiting or diarrhea).

Home Treatment

  • Provide something 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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