A rare and preventable cause of respiratory insufficiency: ingestion of benzalkonium chloride.

Okan F., Coban A. , Ince Z. , Can G.

Pediatric emergency care, vol.23, no.6, pp.404-6, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/01.pec.0000278394.40376.53
  • Title of Journal : Pediatric emergency care
  • Page Numbers: pp.404-6


Caustic agents stored in ordinary containers can be ingested by children. These materials should be stored in soft distinctive bottles and in safe places. The probability of ingestion of a caustic agent is low in the newborn period, and caustic bums have been reported infrequently. In this case study, a newborn baby with severe respiratory insufficiency after ingestion of benzalkonium chloride is reported.