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BRIEF: What kind of reaction should I look for in a baby who chewed a philodendreon leaf?


QUESTION:
I have heard that the house plant I know as a "philodendron" is also toxic. What can you tell me about this plant, and what kind of reaction should I look for in a baby who has chewed on one of its leaves?

ANSWER:

Pain, swelling and irritation in and around the mouth, crying and (we hope) a reluctance to chew on other house plants in the future.