Glue is often left on open and reachable areas to children, and as they said, the brain of a child is his mouth, as they tend to test anything by swallowing it !
So what happens if you eat glue ? Actually, it depends on the type of glue. In the case of paper glue, nothing will happens if only small amount of glue has been swallowed. on the other hand, if a large amount has been swallowed, it can cause some upset stomach and vomiting.
In case your child swallowed some paper glue, you need to clean his hands and mouth with water and soap using an adequate cloth. Get your child to drink some water or milk to clean the glue down to the stomach and prevent the glue from curing.
If the swallowed glue is a super glue or gorilla glue, drinking water or milk will make things even worse, as the gorilla glue forms a foam adhesive that expands in wet environments.
What Happens if you Eat Super Glue ?
Super glue, contrary to white glue (paper glue) is made of Cyanoacrylate, which make it stronger type of glue that cures so fast and creates strong bonding.
Eating super glue may cause serious health complications, as the Cyanoacrylate-based glue is water proof, and creates strong bonding. The super glue can irritates the sensitive mucous membranes such as throat, nose, eyes and lungs.
The diisocyanate-based types of glue such as gorilla glue, are very toxic as well. In warm, humid and acidic environments such as you child or your pet stomach, Gorilla glue can cause violent reactions, as the glue will cure so fast forming a hard and large piece of foam that can block you digestive system.
After Swallowing super glue, vomiting is the first symptom that will appear. Loss of appetite and abdominal pain will be the second thing to feel, combined to a strong dehydration.
What Happens if you Eat Hot Glue ?
The main ingredients of hot glue are ethylene-vinyl acetate and ethylene-methyl acrylate. These two components are not hazardous by ingestion. Swallowing considerable amount of hot glue on the other hand can cause some digestive system blockage. In case you swallowed some hot glue, drink a lot of water, but don’t induce vomiting.
What Happens if you Eat PVA Glue ?
The PVA glue is classed as non-toxic material, but still not edible. If you drink a small amount of PVA glue, you will feel some dizziness, besides a strong nausea, which will ends with vomiting. Bad headache is expected as well. Consuming an important amount of PVA glue may causes diarrhea.
What Happens if you Eat Dried Super Glue ?
Eating dried super glue may cause shocking if the piece of glue is big enough. Eating a foam adhesive of gorilla glue can expands in wet and acidic area such as a stomach, which may blocks you digestive system and can’t be extracted without surgical operation.
What Happens if you Eat Glue Sticks ?
Generally the glue sticks are made of polymers that are soluble in water, so should not cause any complications when swallowed. but a big amount can cause poisoning and irritates the eyes, nose and throat.
Why Do Kids Eat Glue ?
As they said, the brain of a child is his mouth. In other words, children tend to test and discover things by swallowing and tasting. So when they see something in a small bottle, or a weird smell the first thing that comes to a child’s mind is eating it and see what it tastes like !
You can see the same thing when you put your child on ground in a park or something, as he’ll starts eating dirt ! it’s not something that you should worry of as all children do this by nature, but you need to stay focus and prevent him from introducing dangerous objects, that’s all you can do !
Is Hot Glue Safe for Hamsters ?
Hot glue is not safe for hamsters, as it’s a plastic based glue that will not break down is the stomach. So if your hamster is a chewer, you don’t want him to have huge parts of hot glue in his small stomach. On the other hand you can use water-based paper glue which is non-toxic and can dissolve in water easily.
Of course hot glue is much stronger and effective for building toys for your hamster, and can be very useful for repairing or remodeling you hamster’s cage. Most glue manufacturers will tell you that there hot glue is technically non-toxic, but eating a huge amount of it may cause some digestive blockage especially for a tiny stomach of a hamster.
Is Hot Glue Safe for Aquariums ?
Hot glue is not designed for underwater uses, so it will not suitable for aquariums. On the other hand, hot glue is safe and they won’t poison you fish.
Using silicone rubber is an option that is more designed for aquariums, as it ensure high durability and strong bonding, besides that it’s safe for your fish.
Is Gorilla Super Glue Safe for Aquariums ?
Gorilla super glue, or any similar Cyanoacrylate-based glue is safe to be used in aquariums. This kind of super glue is water-proof, and becomes inert when it’s fully cured so you don’t have to worry about any toxins that can poison you fish.
Is Wood Glue Safe for Aquariums ?
Wood glue is not suitable for aquariums. The majority of wood glue are formaldehyde-based glue, which means they’re toxic. Another thing is that wood glue have in common with hot glue is that wood glue is not designed for underwater use. So you can expect that wood glue will get dissolved in the water, releasing some undesirable components in the water, which can be harmful for your fish.