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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2003 Jun;19(3):169-71.

Ingestion of tea tree oil (Melaleuca oil) by a 4-year-old boy.

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Department of Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA.


A 4-year-old boy ingested a small quantity of tea tree oil. Within 30 minutes, he became ataxic and shortly thereafter progressed to unresponsiveness; he was endotracheally intubated by paramedics. His neurologic status improved gradually over 10 hours, and he remains well on follow-up. Tea tree oil is an increasingly popular topical antiseptic that is available in a wide variety of products, often without warning labels. Healthcare providers should be aware of the common uses of tea tree oil, as well as its potential toxicity.

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