When you call the hotline, have the following information ready:
Do not induce vomiting unless instructed to do so. If hotline professionals recommend bringing the child to the emergency room, bring a clipping from the plant if possible.
The best advice, however, is to teach your child to avoid those plants that are dangerous to touch, to resist the urge to taste even the most delicious looking berries and sweet smelling flowers-and to teach yourself the names of all that grows in your yard.
Familiarizing yourself with trees, shrubs and flowers may mean avoiding an unnecessary trip to the emergency room. And should your child require medical attention, you will be able to provide vital information to health care workers.
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