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Should I call poison control if my baby came in contact with poison oak/ivy?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Contact (touching) poison oak/ivy is not a situation for poison control to be involved.
However, if a child has eaten some suspicious plants, either indoor or outdoor plants, then parents can call poison control for advice. For the child who contacted poison oak, wash him well (and run his clothing twice through the laundry). If he develops a rash in 1-3 days, parents should call the doctor.

In brief: No

Contact (touching) poison oak/ivy is not a situation for poison control to be involved.
However, if a child has eaten some suspicious plants, either indoor or outdoor plants, then parents can call poison control for advice. For the child who contacted poison oak, wash him well (and run his clothing twice through the laundry). If he develops a rash in 1-3 days, parents should call the doctor.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

If the exposure to the plant is just some skin contact, it is not necessary to call poison control.
Of course, if your baby later gets an extensive rash involving his or her face, then you should see your pediatrician for treatment.

In brief: No

If the exposure to the plant is just some skin contact, it is not necessary to call poison control.
Of course, if your baby later gets an extensive rash involving his or her face, then you should see your pediatrician for treatment.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Only if she eat the plant should you call poison control.

In brief: No

Only if she eat the plant should you call poison control.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Paul Leadem
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Wash the baby thoroughly with soapy water and good rinsing(don't scrubb too hard).
You have to develope a contact allergy through repeated exposure so it's unlikely in a very young child. If a dense bumpy rash developes, it is easily treated by your doctor.The rash in poison ivy takes several days to a week to develope sometimes, .

In brief: No

Wash the baby thoroughly with soapy water and good rinsing(don't scrubb too hard).
You have to develope a contact allergy through repeated exposure so it's unlikely in a very young child. If a dense bumpy rash developes, it is easily treated by your doctor.The rash in poison ivy takes several days to a week to develope sometimes, .
Dr. Paul Leadem
Dr. Paul Leadem
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Probably the best thing to do is to wash the area with lots of cool water. Then you can bathe your baby with soap and water to make sure there has been no spread of the resin.
The sooner you remove the resin, the less likely there will be any subsequent rash. It is very rare for poison oak/ivy to cause a life-threatening reaction. More commonly rash may be noted a day after the exposure.

In brief: No

Probably the best thing to do is to wash the area with lots of cool water. Then you can bathe your baby with soap and water to make sure there has been no spread of the resin.
The sooner you remove the resin, the less likely there will be any subsequent rash. It is very rare for poison oak/ivy to cause a life-threatening reaction. More commonly rash may be noted a day after the exposure.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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