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What should I do if my child drinks from the malathion bottle?

Call for emergency medical help right away if your child drinks malathion (Ovide) lotion. This medication -- which is prescribed to treat head lice -- is for external use only. If your child swallows malathion he may develop side effects, including:
  • sweating
  • drooling
  • diarrhea
  • slowed heart rate

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