During the autumn months there are many berries and seed pods to be found on outdoor plants, shrubs, and trees. Berries are often brightly coloured and can be attractive to children. Some of these berries may be found at ground level after falling from trees.
It is unusual for severe poisoning to occur in children but the toxicity of berries depends on the particular plant species and the number of berries eaten. Many berries can cause minor gastrointestinal upset and some plants contain chemicals that can also cause irritation to the skin and eyes.
Click the links below for information on specific berries.
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