Health Watch - The Great Outdoors: Flowers

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Spring has sprung and it’s time to head into the great outdoors. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about enjoying the outdoors safely. They say that April showers bring May flowers, but if you have small children, you need to be careful about which flowers you put in your yard.

Dr. Kurt Kleinschmidt, a toxicologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says some flowering plants can be toxic if they’re eaten, and flowers within reach can be tempting for small children. Some potentially dangerous plants include azaleas, caladiums, chrysanthemums, daffodils, hyacinth, hydrangea, iris, jonquils, morning glories, mums and periwinkles. Instead of these, look for safer choices like begonias, crape myrtles, gardenias, geraniums, honeysuckle, impatiens, marigolds, petunias, roses and zinnias. If you think a child has eaten a flower, contact your local poison center.

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May 2009

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