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dd2 has eaten some berries in the garden, how do i know if they are poisonous or not?

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Marne Fri 10-Oct-08 15:41:53

Dd2 has eaten some berries from our hedge in the front garden, i pulled a few out of her mouth but im unsure how many she has eaten. I hav'nt got a clue what berries they are, there were 2 types, yellow and red. How do i know if they are poisonous or not?

Should i be worried or are most safe to eat?

BoysAreLikeRabidDogs Fri 10-Oct-08 15:45:23

Can you take her to the hospital, with one each of the berries, and a leaf from each bush/tree, so that staff can try to identify the species.

She is most likely to be fine but I would get it checked.

gingerninja Fri 10-Oct-08 15:49:12

What did the bush look like? Yew berries (the seed) can be poisonous. Some things like Hawthorn will be OK.

Marne Fri 10-Oct-08 15:50:18

She ate them over half an hour ago, starting to worry, she seems fine and im not sure if she swallowed any. Im trying to google it and see if i can find the plant it came from.

Can't get to A&E as Dh has the car until 10pm (work), A&E is half an hours drive away.

MrsTittleMouse Fri 10-Oct-08 15:51:48

If you can't get to A&E, I know that a friend phoned NHS direct with a question about posioning (in an adult) and they were very helpful.

Marne Fri 10-Oct-08 15:52:59

I have just googled yew berries (ar'nt they the most poisonous?), they arn't yew berries, they are a darker red, not as round (slightly oval shape) and orange in the middle. Im not as worried about the yellow ones (i think she ate a couple of these)

callmeovercautious Fri 10-Oct-08 15:54:58

Pop down the GP now while they are still open and ask them to check for you.

MOrticiaAdams Fri 10-Oct-08 15:56:41

I think that if they are poisonous, they'd come back up pretty quickly. I don't know where I heard that, but I did! Get peace of mind from the professionals though!

Marne Fri 10-Oct-08 16:02:02

GP's half an hors drive away too, i cant find it on google but it is simalar to hawthawn. I think i got most of the red ones out of her mouth.

I think yellow berries ar'nt poisonous (acording to my neighbour) hmm

ClosedForCleaning Fri 10-Oct-08 16:07:29

Pick a sample of leaves and berry. Phone NHS direct. IIRC they have a database that can identify plants by process of elimination - they just ask you a series of questions. (Remember hearing about it on the radio a while back, so hopefully it is now 'live' and available).

Most berries are bitter and horrible so unlikely she'd consume much. Hope it's a false alarm.

Marne Sat 11-Oct-08 08:46:28

Dd is still alive grin

I took the plant and berries to a lady down the road who knows almost evrything about plants, it was a type of hawthawn and dd is fine (few)

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