"Mom, Jenny's intentionally stepping in the poison ivy and rubbing it on her hands!"
No vicarious learning around here, no sir. She's just.like.me.
Katie has been scratching at a rash for several days. I identified the rash as likely coming from poison ivy. I've had poison ivy rashes. No fun.
Billy mentioned he noticed some three-leaved plants near the fence. I investigated and confirmed their nefarious "roots." I brought Katie outside, showed her the plant, and said, "Know thy enemy."
Then I made the mistake of mentioning to the kids that they should wash with soap and water if they thought they had touched a plant. That might prevent the rash, I said. After handling the poison ivy, Jenny went and washed up to see if that took care of it.
The plants will remain in place until this weekend when Bill will get to them. Even though he has never had an allergic reaction to them, he will wear gloves and be very careful. Why tempt fate? Since I have him, I won't go near the plants. If he were gone for an extended period, I would have to do something, but I would wear long pants, long sleeves, socks and shoes, disposable gloves and put all clothes in the wash immediately afterward (right after I showered using this product, which I recommend).
That Tecnu stuff helps relieve itching as well. It's a good thing I own some. Jenny may be very miserable tomorrow.