Babysitting: Dealing With Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac

Babysitting: Dealing With Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac

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

Symptoms of poison ivy/oak/sumac include:

What to Do

If a child has come in contact with poison ivy/oak/sumac:

If a child has an allergic reaction to poison ivy:

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

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: February 2015

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

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