Mushroom Poisoning in Children
What is mushroom poisoning in children?
Mushroom poisoning happens when a child eats a mushroom that has poisons (toxins).
What causes mushroom poisoning in children?
A child may pick and eat a mushroom while playing outdoors. Many types of mushrooms grow
in the wild. Very few are poisonous. But those that are poisonous can be quite dangerous.
Unless you are an expert, it’s hard to tell a poisonous mushroom from one that is
What are the symptoms of mushroom poisoning?
Early symptoms can include feeling sick, stomach cramps, vomiting, and watery or bloody
diarrhea. If your child has any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider or
go to the nearest emergency department right away. All poisonous mushrooms cause vomiting
and belly (stomach) pain.
How is mushroom poisoning in children diagnosed?
The healthcare provider may talk with a mushroom expert to help figure out what type
of mushroom your child ate. It’s important to collect the mushroom that your child
was eating to help your provider figure out what type of mushroom it is.
How is mushroom poisoning in children treated?
The healthcare provider will check your child's vital signs and watch them closely
for a period of time. He or she will look for severe symptoms and signs of complications
of mushroom poisoning. The provider may give your child activated charcoal to cause
vomiting, if it has not already occurred.
Can mushroom poisoning in children be prevented?
It is important to teach your child never to eat any mushrooms or plants while playing
When should I call the healthcare provider?
If you think your child ate a wild mushroom, call the poison control number (800-222-1222)
right away. Or call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest emergency department.
If you can, collect the mushroom your child was eating. Carefully dig up a few mushrooms,
including the roots, to help with the identification. If there is more than one kind
of mushroom, collect all of them. If you go to the emergency department take the mushrooms
you have collected.
Key points about mushroom poisoning
- Mushroom poisoning happens when a child eats a mushroom that has poisons (toxins).
- Unless you are an expert, it’s hard to tell a poisonous mushroom from one that is
- Early symptoms of mushroom poisoning can include feeling sick, stomach cramps, vomiting,
and watery or bloody diarrhea.
- If you can, collect the mushroom your child was eating.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
- Know the reason for the visit and what you want to happen.
- Before your visit, write down questions you want answered.
- At the visit, write down the name of a new diagnosis, and any new medicines, treatments,
or tests. Also write down any new instructions your provider gives you for your child.
- Know why a new medicine or treatment is prescribed and how it will help your child.
Also know what the side effects are.
- Ask if your child’s condition can be treated in other ways.
- Know why a test or procedure is recommended and what the results could mean.
- Know what to expect if your child does not take the medicine or have the test or procedure.
- If your child has a follow-up appointment, write down the date, time, and purpose
for that visit.
- Know how you can contact your child’s provider after office hours. This is important
if your child becomes ill and you have questions or need advice.