How do I know which plants are dangerous?

Making grass whistles, eating blackberries, blowing a dandelion into the wind: most plants and flowers are delightful parts of an outdoor childhood. For the few troublemakers, here are some tips:

  • Learn what poison oak, poison sumac, and poison ivy look like. These are the three most common plants whose sap, when in contact with human skin, can cause an allergic skin reaction. Poison ivy and poison oak both have shiny green leaves that grow three to a stem. When the child is older, you can teach them the rhyme: "Leaves of three, let them be.”

  • Be sure to consult your pediatrician if you feel your baby is exhibiting an allergic rash.

  • Babies explore their world by putting just about anything into their mouth. But some plants are actually poisonous to eat.