Accidental ingestion of 3% hydrogen peroxide in the neonatal period

Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2022 Aug 29;36(1):121-122. doi: 10.1080/08998280.2022.2114068. eCollection 2023.


Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is an oxidizing agent. High concentrations of H2O2 are used in the chemical industry, and 3% concentrations are used in household disinfectants. Severe H2O2 toxicity occurs with a 35% concentration. After poisoning with H2O2, corrosive damage occurs. We describe a 3-day-old male who ingested H2O2 accidentally and was treated with supportive care. Hydrogen peroxide intoxication usually occurs in adults accidentally. This is the first report of a newborn case of H2O2 ingestion.

Keywords: hydrogen peroxide; ingestion; newborn.

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