ArticleIngestion of tea tree oil (Melaleucaoil) by a 4-year-old boyMORRIS, MARILYN C. MD; DONOGHUE, AARON MD; MARKOWITZ, JENNIFER A.; OSTERHOUDT, KEVIN C. MDAuthor Information From the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Address for reprints: Marilyn Morris, MD, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104; e-mail: [email protected] Pediatric Emergency Care: June 2003 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - p 169-171 doi: 10.1097/01.pec.0000081241.98249.7b Buy Metrics Abstract 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. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.