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Poison Look-Alikes Quiz


Each year, children mistake common household items such as mouthwash, cleaning products and medicine for candy, foods and drinks they enjoy.


The consequences of ingesting a poison can be harmful or even fatal, so if you suspect your child has swallowed a harmful substance, please call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.


Meanwhile, look at the Poison Look-Alikes below with your child, and see if you can figure out which items are safe to eat or drink, and which ones are poisonous.


If you'd like to order the 'Look Out for Poison Look-Alikes' brochure for your class, group, or physician office's waiting room, please call 314-772-8300, or download our order form.

Safe to drink: Blue sports drinks


Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Windshield-Wiper fluid
  • Mouthwash
  • Rinse agent for dishwasher



Safe to eat: Mini chocolate bars


Poison Look-Alike:

  • Laxatives



Safe to use: Toothpaste


Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Glitter glue
  • Denture adhesive


Safe to drink: Apple juice


Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Mouthwash
  • Household cleaner


Safe to eat: Gummy bears


Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Gummy vitamins. These are ok when taken as directed, but too many can be dangerous for kids.


Safe to eat: Candy-coated chocolates


Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Ibuprofen tablets
  • Iron supplement tablets
  • Aspirin tablets


Safe to eat: Candy  


Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Mice pellets
  • Chewable cold medicine


Safe to eat: Candy


Poison Look-Alikes:

  • Calcium supplement chewable tablets


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