Our expert says:
Petrol is poisonous, and if you swallow enough it can cause vomiting, dizziness, sleepiness and confusion. More severe symptoms may include loss of consciousness, convulsions, internal bleeding and death. Vomiting up petrol may result in some being breathed into the lungs, which is very dangerous. If a child is suspected of swallowing even a tiny amount of petrol, and even if they don't seem to have symptoms, they must be checked by a doctor. Anyone who shows symptoms needs emergency medical care. Never try to get a person to vomit if they have swallowed petrol.
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