Babysitting: Dealing With Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac

Babysitting: Dealing With Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac

When someone has a physical reaction to poison ivy/oak/sumac, it's because of the oil in the plants, which can cause an allergic rash and other symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of a mild allergic reaction from poison ivy/oak/sumac include:

Signs and symptoms of a severe allergic reaction from poison ivy/oak/sumac include:

Call 911 immediately, and then the child's parents, if a child has a severe allergic reaction.

What to Do

If a child has a mild allergic reaction to poison ivy/oak/sumac:

To help prevent contact with and reactions to poison ivy/oak/sumac:

Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: January 2011





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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