Poisonous plants should be avoided by home based daycare providers. Just as all chemicals are locked up for children’s safety, problem plants should be removed also.
I can’t imagine any home without a plant or two, indoors or out. As much as we like to make our environment beautiful, we must also consider the safety of our choices.
Many common plants present a hazard to children.
A plant is found to be poisonous if it contains a chemical substance which produces a harmful reaction in the body.
This can happen by simply coming in contact with the plant or actually ingesting part of the plant. A harmful reaction can mean, anything from a mild skin rash or stomach ache to internal poisoning and life threatening heart or kidney problems.
Remember that children are smaller than adults, therefore, they need less contact with a plant for a reaction to occur.
Choose plants wisely. Make sure to research any new plants. Save the labels so you are able to identify the plants in your environment.
Common Plants Considered Poisonous:
|Amaryllis||Corn Poppy||May Apple|
|Angels Trumpet||Daffodil||Morning Glory|
|Apricot Kernels||Daphne||Mountain Laurel|
|Belladonna||Elephant Ear||Peace Lily|
|Black-eyed Susan||English Ivy||Philodendron|
|Black Locust||Foxglove||Poison Hemlock|
|Bleeding Heart||Holly Berries||Pokeweed|
|Blueweed||Horse Chestnut||Red Sage|
|Bulbous Buttercup||Iris||Rosary Pea|
|Chinese Lantern||Japanese Wisteria||Snow-on-the-Mountain|
|Chinese Evergreen||Jerusalem Cherry||Tansy|
|Castor Bean||Juniper||Umbrella Plant|
Tips for teaching children about plants:
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