What are water beads and how do they work?

How long do water beads last?

Shelf Life: Water beads can be stored almost indefinitely if they are kept in an airtight environment with low humidity. We have used some that were stored for over 2 years and they performed just as well as new ones.

Why are water beads bad?

The beads are non-toxic, so not poisonous, but come with warnings about not swallowing them and not letting small children play with them. “When they’re swallowed, they aren’t dangerous,” Cribbs said. “But as they sit in the intestine, they grow and can cause a blockage.”

How do you keep water beads sanitary?

Wash the beads in warm soapy water (dish soap), rinse and drain. I would suggest doing this after each time the beads are played with, as well as weekly, to wash away any dirt, dust, and any oils from the hands.

How much water do you put in a tablespoon of water beads?

1 tablespoon of dry beads immersed in 14 cups of water yields 10 cups of full 5/8″ beads.

What happens if a child swallows a water bead?

The beads aren’t toxic, so if swallowed, they aren’t poisonous. However, not all children are lucky enough for the beads to pass through their system. Dr. Cribbs says to remember, the smaller the child, the larger the bead, the more likely the bead is to get stuck in the child.

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What happens if a dog eats a water bead?

Signs which may follow a swallowed bead include refusal to eat, drooling, wheezing, vomiting, complaints that something feels stuck in the throat or chest, abdominal pain, constipation, abdominal swelling and soreness.