5 Toxic Indoor House Plants That Are Harmful to Children

Indoor house plants have the ability to light up our home environment. Their air-purifying properties, therapeutic looks, medicinal properties, etc., are the reasons why we decorate our house space with them. However, a few of these indoor houseplants can be toxic. As parents, you need to be aware and take adequate measures to keep your kids safe from their potential dangers.

These are the five toxic indoor houseplants that can be unsafe for your children:

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
Indoor House Plants
Snake Plants are quite common but it can also cause skin allergies to children

This beautiful indoor plant is quite common in most households. It is famous for its amazing air-purifying properties. It is also regarded as a good luck plant in many cultures, which is why most families get them in the first place. But do you know that ingesting the leaves of this plant might even lead to gastrointestinal discomfort? Skin allergies, nausea, mouth pain, etc. can be possible outcomes of the same. However, the symptoms are milder and temporary, but it is still better to keep this indoor plant away from the reach of your little ones.

Arrowhead Plant

Arrowhead Indoor House Plants
One of the low-maintenance indoor houseplants but it can be poisonous

This popular indoor plant is highly preferred by families for its low maintenance needs. However, with children at home, parents need to remain cautious of its poisonous properties and keep the plant in a place where kids cannot reach it. This plant tends to shed a lot, and it becomes easier for your toddlers to find the leaves for active or passive ingestion. Make sure to remove the leaves as soon as you see them to avoid the possibility of your kids getting intoxicated.


Pothos Indoor House Plants
Famous for its Air-Purifying abilities, Pothos can cause severe health discomfort

Indoor house plants like pothos are ideal for their air-purifying abilities. Its heart-shaped leaves are a major reason why most kids find it attractive and tend to ingest it, only to face severe health discomfort like skin irritation, drooling, burning sensations, vomiting, diarrhoea, and swelling in the throat. This plant belongs to the family of climbers, and you can easily place it at a height or hang it on your ceilings to make it the least accessible to your little ones.


Philodendron Indoor House Plants
Philodendrons can have a lot severe effects on children like dermatitis, seizures etc.

Dermatitis, swelling in the digestive tract, swollen mouth and throat, seizures, and spasms are the harmful effects of philodendron. You can keep this indoor plant as far away as possible from your little ones to ensure their safety from getting infected and catching potential health issues.

Chilly Plant

Chilly Plant
Avoid planting chilly plants if you have children at home

The Chilly plant is highly toxic for obvious reasons. You should avoid planting chilling plants both indoors and outdoors, especially when you have kids around. It can irritate your little one’s eyes and faces as well. It can take hours for you to relieve your child from the irritation.

Plants like peace lily, lily, English ivy, jade plant, dieffenbachia, daffodil, etc. are also a few toxic indoor house plants you need to be cautious about as parents to keep your children away from potential life threats. The best thing is to do your research and be mindful of your indoor and outdoor garden, keeping your kid’s safety in mind.

We hope you found this blog useful and will consider our suggestions in your parenting journey.

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