The Medical Danger of Kissing Toads

A 1999 medical report [see below] warned about children kissing frogs or toads.

The Star newspaper says says of the new movie “The Princess and the Frog” that “More than 50 children have been taken to hospital in the US suffering from salmonella poisoning after the fairytale hit screens there in December.”

The medical report is: “The Danger of Kissing Toads: Fire-bellied Toad Exposure and Assessment Parameters in Children,” Kristina Henricksen, Journal of Emergency Nursing, vol. 25, n.o 3, June 1999, pp. 235-237.

The author, at Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, reports: “Two-and-a-half-year-old Jared [a pseudonym] came into his parents’ room at midnight with his eyes swollen shut, crying that his eyes and mouth were burning. His mother checked the house and found a chair pulled up to the aquarium where fire-bellied toads were kept…. Jared did not appear to have any of the hemolytic or gastrointestinal effects of the toxin. Jared’s symptoms were most indicative of topical exposure to the toxin. The flushed cheeks, erythematous mouth and lips, and erythematous and edematous eyes led the admitting physicians to believe that Jared had splashed the water of the aquarium in his face and then rubbed his eyes with his hands. After his eyes were irrigated and his face was washed, these symptoms quickly resolved.”

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