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    Baking powder overdose

    Sodium bicarbonate

    Baking powder is a cooking product that helps batter to rise. This article discusses the effects of swallowing a large amount of baking powder.

    This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have an exposure, you should call your local emergency number (such as 911) or the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

    See also: Baking soda overdose

    Poisonous Ingredient

    Baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate (found in baking soda) and an acid (such as cream of tartar). It may also contain a moisture-reducing product such as corn starch.

    Where Found

    • Baking powder

    Note: This list may not be all-inclusive.

    Symptoms

    • Thirst
    • Abdominal pain
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting (severe)
    • Diarrhea (severe)

    Home Care

    Do NOT make a person throw up unless told to do so by poison control or a health care professional. Seek immediate medical help.

    If the substance was swallowed, immediately give the person water or milk, unless instructed otherwise by a health care provider. Do NOT give water or milk if the patient is having symptoms (such as vomiting, convulsions, or a decreased level of alertness) that make it hard to swallow.

    Before Calling Emergency

    Determine the following information:

    • The patient's age, weight, and condition
    • The name of the product (ingredients and strengths, if known)
    • The time it was swallowed
    • The amount swallowed

    Poison Control

    The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can be called from anywhere in the United States. This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions.

    This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the United States use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. It does NOT need to be an emergency. You can call for any reason, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Take the container with you to the hospital, if possible.

    See: Poison control center - emergency number

    What to Expect at the Emergency Room

    The health care provider will measure and monitor the patient's vital signs, including temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure. Blood and urine tests will be done. The patient may receive:

    • Fluids through a vein (IV)
    • Medicines to treat symptoms

    Outlook (Prognosis)

    Baking powder is considered nontoxic. However, serious complications from overdoses or allergic reactions may occur.

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                Review Date: 8/3/2011

                Reviewed By: Eric Perez, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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