Are Babies Safe Around Flowers?

Are babies safe around flowers

Flowers all come in different types and colors. They’re one of the most beautiful natural creations on the planet. In fact, most of them are very attractive that it’s enough to pique your little baby’s curiosity. Some of them will find flowers so pretty that it may even be tempting for your little child to hold and even put in their mouths. So how do we know if this is safe or at least which ones are safe around your child? This article should give you an insight on the said topic.

Gardens and flowers are generally safe for children and babies, but it’s always important to keep in mind that there are different kinds of flowers. Some of them are fine for babies to touch and even eat, some of them are dangerous and should be kept away from children. The next part of this article will show examples of which flowers are safe and which aren’t. 

This article is dedicated to those very lucky people who have green thumbs (people who are naturally good at gardening) and have welcomed a new little bundle of joy. Speaking of your child, if you are reading this article, they are probably at the stage or ages where their curiosity is peaking and everything around them is wonderful and colorful, including flowers. And as babies and children naturally do, they either touch or put it in their mouth.

Flowers That Should Be Kept Away From Children

As previously mentioned in the last few paragraphs, flowers can either be beautiful and safe or beautiful but dangerous. Always be on the lookout for these examples. These examples are highly toxic and may cause unpleasant reactions or illness when touched or digested.

  • Poinsettia - these blood red flowers are as gorgeous in the eyes as they are dangerous for your little one. This type of flower is commonly found everywhere during the holiday season, normally to decorate houses and even Christmas trees.
    The thing about Poinsettia is it’s actually the sap inside it that may cause a threat to your baby. If the sap inside the Poinsettia gets in contact with your baby’s eyes or skin, it might have a tendency to cause blisters and redness in the skin and irritation in eyes that accompanied with some burning sensation. Please consult your pediatrician or seek immediate medical attention.
  • Lily of the Valley - these beautifully shaped flowers usually resembles a tiny bell that is commonly accompanied by a sweet fragrance. Be wary because all parts of this pretty flower are dangerous and toxic. The thing about this flower is that it’ll only be toxic when a large amount of it is ingested.
    With that being said, this attractive little flower shouldn’t be something you overlook. If a child or a baby ingests this flower at a certain amount, it will cause nausea, disorientation and even heart palpitations. Keep an eye on this flower not only because it’s pleasing to the eye, but also because it’s as dangerous as it is beautiful. Please seek immediate medical attention if you suspect that your child has ingested a substantial amount.
  • Oleander - this is a speedy growing little shrub produces flowers that come in a variety of colors. The flowers of this shrub may come in pink, red and orange. The thing about this shrub is that it’s not only the flowers that are dangerous, but also it’s leaves, branches and stems.
    If ingested, it might cause an upset stomach, disorientation, blurry eyesight, increased heart rate and sometimes also drowsiness. If you suspect that your baby or child has ingested this flower, please contact your pediatrician or seek immediate medical attention.
  • Foxglove - this flower is commonly used as regular decor to a stylish household or a household that simply likes to have decorative flowers around. They’re usually purple in color and can be haung anywhere. Be extra careful where you hang it though, for this flower has been previously proven fatal if a large or even just a small amount of it is ingested.
    This flower actually contains something called Digitalis which is a drug substance that is commonly used as therapy to slow down a person’s heart rate. If a child or baby ingests this flower, it will most likely cause disorientation, an upset stomach, convulsions and of course, slow and irregular heartbeat patterns.
    If you suspect that your child has ingested this flower or some of it, please contact your trusted pediatrician or consult immediate medical attention.
  • Daffodils - I’m almost certain that most people are aware of this flower. Being one of the most popular flowers that bloom during spring time, the beauty of the said flower is not easily matched. Partnered with it’s pretty yellow and white petals, it is sure to peak any child or baby’s attention. But as the trend of this article goes, pretty can sometimes be toxic as well.
    The important thing to remember about daffodils is that the most poisonous part of it is actually the bulb (the center of the flower that’s shaped similarly like a little bell). With that being said, do make sure not to disregard the actual petals, leaves and stems as well because they also are toxic when ingested.
    Watch out for signs like dizziness, vomiting, disorientation and even diarrhea. If you see these signs, it’s possible that your child or baby may have ingested daffodils. If so, please contact your trusted pediatrician or seek immediate medical attention for your child or baby.
  • Angel’s Trumpet - this pretty flower is usually shaped like a trumpet, henceforth the name given to it. Their petals are commonly known to be white, orange, pink and even yellow in color. Don’t be easily fooled by its alluring appearance because this flower, also known as Brugmansia, is one of the most toxic flowers around.
    Armed with something called Alkaloid within its petals and sap, which is by the way used to make known drugs such as morphine and quinine and even poisons like atropine and strychnine, it’s crucial that you have your child or baby avoid ingesting and even touching the plant. Gardeners are advised as well to wear gloves upon handling this toxic flower.
    Keep in mind that there have been fatalities involving this specific flower and it’s important to know if your child or baby has ingested this plant. If you think that your child has ingested this plant or petals of this plant, please contact your trusted pediatrician or seek immediate medical attention.

Flowers That Are Safe Around Children

Now that we’re aware of what flowers are toxic and dangerous to kids, here are examples of the opposite. These flowers are safe to be around babies and children. They are non-toxic and at the same time, beautiful and safe for little children and babies to pick.

As previously stated, these flowers are usually safe around kids and babies, but the cleanliness of the plant should also be taken into consideration because sometimes babies and little children tend to nibble at the brightly colored little earth miracles.

  • African Violets - these pretty deep violet-petaled flowers are native to the tropic parts of East Africa. They’re mostly known as indoor plants. Although not really recommended for eating or putting in one’s mouth, if in case your little one is tempted, don’t fret for these gorgeous flowers are actually non-toxic.
  • Hoya Carnosa - these eastern Asian and Australian native flower is also known as porcelain flower and the wax plant produces an attractive looking star-shaped white petals with a red center. Babies and little kids will most likely find these attractive and it is also safe around them.
  • Phalaenopsis Orchids - these color varying orchids are also native to East Asia and Australia. These are non-toxic and also very attractive to the eyes. The only problem that you’ll have with this is that these plants prefer higher temperature and low light
  • Christmas Cactus - these exotic flowers are a good substitute to Poinsettia if you prefer to have a little touch of holiday spirit in your home without the fear of toxic substances getting in your little children or baby’s mouth. These come in festive red and is also known to be non-toxic.

It’s always fun and eye-pleasing to have little flowers hanging about in your home. But if you have little children or babies, their safety should always be the top priority. Make sure that the flowers that you put in your own home are safe for the young ones. The lists and information above should be helpful in deciding what and what not to put near your little angel.

Related Questions

  • 1
    What’s a good tip when your child or baby is having an allergic reaction to flowers?
    Always consult your trusted pediatrician or seek immediate medical attention depending on the severity of the allergy. If it is mild, antihistamines and decongestants can be used to treat basic symptoms.
  • 2
    I really want to have flowers in my house with my children but I’m not sure whether they are safe or not, what should I do?
    If you know a professional botanist, you may consult them. But if not and you are unsure if the flowers or plants you want to put are safe for your kids, just take extra measures to make sure they are out of reach from the little ones.
  • 3
    How old can a baby start learning about gardening?
    It is all up to the decision of the parent. There is no recommended age when kids should learn about plants and flowers. The only thing you need to make sure is that they’re safe and the gardening tools that may cause harm to your little babies are not nearby for them to reach with their little hands.
    A good research of which plants and flowers are safe around kids and babies is also a great idea before you let your little ones frolic upon your garden. You may also consult a local botanist if you know any if you want to have some further insight about plants.
    Hopefully, this article provided information that will assist you in your pursuit to introduce your kids or babies to the wonderful world of gardening!

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