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AUTUMN BERRIES

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.

Poison prevention

  • Teach your children not to eat any part of a plant.
  • Do not allow children to “make tea”, “perfume”, or “jewellery” from plants, flowers or berries.
  • Consult your garden centre for advice when choosing plants / trees / shrubs for your garden.
  • Learn the names of plants growing in your garden.
  • Wear gloves when gardening, particularly if you have sensitive skin.
  • Wash your hands after gardening.

Click the links below for information on specific berries.

Cotoneaster

Rowan

Fuschia

Rosehip

Lords & Ladies

Nightshade

 © National Poisons Information Centre 2008
Content added 25 September 2008 (N Cassidy). 
Reviewed August 2010
                    

Photography © Nicola Cassidy 2008

 


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