Poisonous plants and children

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How do you know if a plant or a tree is poisonous for your child? There are so many poisonous plants and trees. If you are suspecting a plant or a tree, you can look at www.poison.org, and look it up. Another hazard with having plants in the home, is that a child, of course, will put anything in their mouth. While it may not be toxic to your child, it can be a choking hazard if some of the plant material goes into your child's mouth. If you suspect your child has ingested a poisonous plant, you can call the Poison Control Center, which is 1-800-222-1222. They will make their recommendations from there. If they recommend that you take the child to the hospital, it's a good idea to take the plant material with you, if you can. You can also, maybe in your backyard, fence off the area that may have a poisonous plant or tree in it. You also want to watch out for spiney plants. You don't want your child being stabbed by a cactus or something of that sort. Some symptoms that can occur if your child has ingested a poisonous plant, could be irregular heartbeat, burning of the mouth, convulsions, vomiting. These are all things that you need to watch out for and call the Poison Control Center as soon as possible.

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Nancy Spigelman

Babyproofing Specialist

Nancy Spigelman and her husband David started Wonder Years Babyproofing, an in-home babyproofing service, in 1988. Child passenger safety is her passion, and she has been educating parents and caregivers for the past 10 years on the proper use of car restraints in cars for children. In working with parents and caregivers, Nancy strives to enable them to confidently use child restraint seats properly every time their child is in the car. When she is not at home hanging out with her family and pets, she loves road trips, camping and hiking, as well as cooking and reading. 

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