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Does accidental ingestion of disinfectant require immediate medical attention

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Dr. Diptanshu Das


Practicing since :2005

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Posted on Thu, 18 Oct 2018 in Child Health
Question: my daughter mistakely drink some dettol
Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 41 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Seek medical attention at the earliest

Detailed Answer:

Dettol is a commonly available disinfectant. It contains Chlorxylenol (4.8%), Pine oil (9%) and Isopropyl alcohol (12%). Pine oil causes central nervous system depression. The action is probably additive to the depressant action of Chlorxylenol.

Similar to Chlorxyleonol it can cause renal failure and hepatitis. Iso-propyl alcohol can also cause central nervous system depression. Pulmonary aspiration can also occur due to Dettol ingestion.

You therefore need to take her to the ER at the earliest and arrange for her condition to be monitored closely. Management would be symptomatic.

Hope I have answered your query.
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Dr. Diptanshu Das,

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