Elmer’s glue

Alternative names 
Household glue


Most household glues, such as Elmer’s glue, are non-toxic.

Poisonous Ingredient

Where Found

  • household glues, such as Elmer’s glue

Note: This list may not be all inclusive.


  • in extremely high doses, may cause some gastric outlet obstruction or intestinal obstruction with resulting abdominal pain

Home Treatment
Elmer’s glue is generally considered relatively nontoxic. Call Poison Control for further information.

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, or a local emergency number
They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. Take the container with you to the emergency room.

What to expect at the emergency room

  • Treat the symptoms

Note: The patient may not need to go to the emergency room.

Expectations (prognosis)
Because of the glue’s relatively nontoxic nature, recovery should occur.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 5, 2012
by David A. Scott, M.D.

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