Iron Poisoning in Children
Iron Poisoning in Children Overview
Please call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately for any suspected poisoning in children or adults.
Iron poisoning occurs when a person, usually a child, swallows a large number of iron-containing pills, most often vitamins.
Acute iron poisoning mainly involves children younger than 6 years who swallow pediatric or adult vitamins containing iron. These children may not be able or willing to tell you what and how much they swallowed.
Iron salt is available in multiple preparations. For instance, ferrous sulfate is available as drops, syrup, elixir, capsules, and tablets.
Iron preparations are widely used and are available without a prescription and may be contained in bottles with or without child resistant closures.
Douglas S Lee, MD
Ruben Olmedo, MD