Keeping Your Kids Safe From Poison Ivy

Posted on July 11, 2022 at 3:31 PM by Tom Swegle

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Most kids know the saying “leaves of three, leave it be” but most kids still come into contact with poison ivy, especially in the summer. When it comes to poison ivy prevention for children, education and awareness are not always enough. Keep your child safe when they’re playing outside this summer with Outdoor Joe’s®

Poison Ivy in Children

Kids Coming Into Contact With Poison Ivy

Children are often more likely than adults to come into contact with poison ivy for a variety of reasons.

  • Awareness: Even if your child knows what poison ivy is, it can still be hard for them to spot. Poison ivy plants can look drastically different depending on the type of plant, where it’s growing, and the time of the year. This mixed with children tending to be less cautious about where they play and what they touch makes them more prone to accidentally touching poison ivy. 

  • Secondhand Contact: Urushiol, which makes poison ivy dangerous, only stays on your skin for around 30 minutes but can last up to 5 YEARS on certain surfaces. A stray ball rolling into the woods can easily transfer the pesky substance from the toy to a child's skin. You likely clean your gardening and landscaping tools and other outdoor equipment, but outdoor children's toys are less likely to get the cleaning that they need if they’ve come into contact with poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac. 

  • Post-Contact: When adults suspect (or know) they’ve come into contact with poison ivy, they know to immediately and thoroughly wash the area. When a child comes into contact with poison ivy, they usually don’t notice or clean the area until a poison ivy rash is already present. 

Kids Dealing With A Poison Ivy Rash

A poison ivy rash on children can often be more of a handful than a position ivy rash on adults. It’s a lot harder for kids to ignore a poison ivy rash and not scratch and pick at it. This can result in further irritation, slower healing, and a higher risk of infection. It is important to use a proven, effective poison ivy treatment to mitigate as much irritation and contact as possible.

Poison ivy rash treatments, such as Zanfel, can help provide itch relief that can help keep kids from scratching and rubbing a poison ivy rash. While regular products temporarily reduce itching but do nothing to remove urushiol, Zanfel treats the problem, not just the symptoms. Zanfel is safe and effective for children and provides fast and effective poison ivy rash relief.

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The Poison Ivy Cure For Kids

The best way to prevent kids from getting poison ivy is for kids to have a natural immunity to the pesky plant. No more worrying about how to get rid of poison ivy in your yard or treating your child's rash after exposure. With a natural immunity to urushiol, your child coming into contact with poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac is nothing to worry about. 

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Common Questions About Outdoor Joe’s® for Kids

Outdoor Joe’s® is proven to be safe and effective for people of all ages. Many parents like to know that what they are giving their children is not only effective but safe and healthy as well.

  • Is Outdoor Joe’s® safe for children?

    • As a homeopathic remedy,  Outdoor Joe’s® is safe for people of all ages and can be taken with any regularly prescribed or over-the-counter medications.

  • How do kids take Outdoor Joe’s®?

    • Outdoor Joe’s® is easy and convenient to take. Simply use the dropper to administer the recommended dosage to your child. After three properly administered doses, your child's levels of immunity have already been established!

  • When should my child start taking Outdoor Joe’s®?

    • While it’s most effective to begin taking Outdoor Joe's® during the winter months due to the plant’s dormant phase, you can begin the Outdoor Joe's® dosage process at any time during the year. 

Keep Your Whole Family Protected From Poison Ivy

Outdoor Joe’s® is safe and effective for toddlers, teens, parents, and grandparents! One bottle of ODJ’s® can prevent your family from the painful effects of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Let your family hike, bike, and explore the outdoors without fear. Start building your family’s poison ivy immunity today!