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Ontario Poison Centre




Perfumes/colognes often contain a high percentage of alcohol, usually ethyl alcohol. The additive fragrance can make them attractive to children, leading to licks/tastes. A small/taste ingestion will not intoxicate a child.

Poisoning Risk

Dependent on dose/amount ingested.

None/low in taste amounts.

Expected Symptoms

  • Possible upset stomach (discomfort, nausea, isolated episode of vomiting or diarrhea).
  • Symptoms of intoxication can range from mild (drowsiness, slurred speech, upset stomach) to severe (coma, seizures).
  • Children are more susceptible to a drop in their blood sugar level at toxic amounts.

Home Treatment

  • Provide juice or milk to drink, or a snack.
  • For eye exposures, rinse eyes for at least 15 minutes with lukewarm water.
  • Call the Poison Centre for further advice.


  • 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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