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Keeping you and your family safe from plant poisonings
Plants are a major cause of poisoning in children under the age of 6 years. Nationally, almost 8 out of every 10 cases of plant ingestions occur in young children because young children will often chew or eat anything regardless of taste and they tend to put objects in their mouths to understand them. But children are not the only victims of plant poisoning—adults, pets and farm animals can also be harmfully exposed to plants.

Reactions to plants can vary widely, from nausea and vomiting to skin irritations and rashes, and even to breathing problems. These reactions depend on factors such as the age and size of the patient, health factors such as allergies and the amount of the exposure.

There are over 1,000,000 species of plants, and the common names of plants can refer to several different species. Some may be safe and some may be dangerous. It is important to know which species you have in your home, yard and neighborhood and to check both the non-toxic plant list as well as the toxic plant list to make sure the plants that surround you and your children are safe.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know has ingested a poisonous or unknown plant, call the California Poison Control System 24-hours a day at 1-800-222-1222 for more help.

Preventing Poisoning Exposures

  • Label Plants. Before buying a plant, have the store label it with both the common and scientific name, and keep the label with the plant. It is very hard for poison specialists to identify plants from a description given on the phone. Know the names of your plants before a poisoning happens.

  • If you have small children or curious pets, consider removing toxic plants from your garden and house. House plants should be placed out of reach of the very young.

  • Teach children not to put any part of a plant in the mouth. This means leaves, stems, bark, seeds, nuts, berries, and bulbs. Do not allow children to suck nectar from flowers or make “tea” from the leaves. Never chew, or let children chew, on jewelry made from seeds or beans.

  • Store labeled bulbs and seeds safely away from children, pets, and food-storage areas. Avoid confusing bulbs with edible onions.

  • Use protective gloves and clothing when handling plants that may be irritating to the skin. Wash clothes afterwards.

  • Discard plant leaves and flowers in a safe way so that children and pets cannot get to them.

  • Be aware of what you are throwing in your fire place or fire pit. Smoke from fires made of twigs and other parts of poisonous plants, including poison oak, can irritate or harm the eyes, throat, and other parts of the body.

  • Do not eat plants or mushrooms collected outdoors unless you are certain they are safe

What To Do for Plant Poisoning:

  • Do NOT induce vomiting.

  • Remove any plant parts from the mouth or hands. Make sure the container is out of sight and reach of children.

  • Wash around the mouth and hands and give a few sips of water.

  • Check for any irritation of the skin, mouth or tongue.

  • Call the California Poison Control System at 1-800-222-1222. Even if you are not sure, call the poison center for help. It will not be as waste of time.

  • Do not wait for symptoms to appear. Treatment will be more difficult once symptoms have developed.

  • If you are advised to go to the hospital, take the plant or part of the plant with you.

For a list of toxic and non-toxic plants in the area, please visit
http://ucanr.edu/sites/poisonous_safe_plants/
 
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For questions about lead or other posiosning topics:
www.safekids.org
or call the California Poison Control hotline
24-hours a day at 1-800-222-1222.
 
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