Even though we love to add some plants to our home whether for decoration or some medical needs, we need to be more careful about are choices of the plants. Some plants can be hazardous because of the dangerous or even poisonous substances in them. One of them being Dieffenbachia or commonly called “dumb canes”. This plant contains this dangerous toxin called raphides. While this toxin in small doses may not be harmful to adults, it definitely causes problems for kids. Doctors are claiming that more than 70% of hospitalized patients are kids under the age of 5.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck one family and the mother is advising all parents to be very careful about their plants and placements at home. “I have recently lost my angel of 3 years, who mistakenly swallowed leaf of this poisonous plant, her tongue swelled to keep in breathing and to her death. This poisonous plant snatched my daughter so I am warning everyone to not keep this and similar plants of having same poisoning characteristics at home else it can cost life of your loved one”
If induced in high doses, death at kids can happen within 1 minute or 15 for adults.
Should you choose to get this plant or you maybe already have it, try separating it from the other or putting in a higher position out of hands reach. Dieffenbachia is known for its tolerance of shade and won’t die or anything like that. Even rubbing the plant or eye contact can cause severe inflammations and more serious conditions.