Keeping Your Child Safe: Tips for Poison-Proofing Your House

There are many common household plants that can be poisonous to young children.  Check out this list of toxic plants and use it to keep your house safe for baby.

  • Wild mushrooms
  • Azalea
  • Daffodil
  • Deadly nightshade
  • Holly
  • Iris
  • Lily-of-the-valley
  • Mistletoe
  • Morning glory
  • Nightshade
  • Oleander
  • Philodendron
  • Yew

Preparing for Baby

In addition to keeping these items out of your house, you should be prepared in case baby does eat something poisonous.  The most important thing to do is program your phone(s) with the phone number for poison control ““ 1-800-222-1222.  Keep post-it notes or a sign with the phone number next to your home phone as well.

Don’t hesitate to call if you have any concerns, and use them as the first contact if your child ingests something she shouldn’t.  They will advise you whether to induce vomiting, give them a glass of milk or rush them to the emergency room.  If you need to go to the hospital, make sure to have the bottle of whatever baby swallowed with you.  That way, the doctors can see exactly what they ate and know how to treat it; treatments vary depending on the active ingredient.

Poison-proofing your house before baby arrives can help ensure a safe and healthy environment for your child to grow and explore.

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