Make sure your yard is free of mushrooms before toddlers and young children are allowed to roam the grounds. Some wild mushrooms can be extremely poisonous if eaten. It is very difficult to tell the difference between poisonous and harmless mushrooms.
“Old wives’ tales” and Internet tricks to determine edible from nonedible mushrooms are unproven and potentially dangerous. Many serious poisonings occur because of the inability to tell the difference between toxic and nontoxic mushrooms. Cooking does not inactivate all toxins.
If someone swallows a mushroom or toadstool:
Call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for questions about an exposure to a mushroom or for more information.