Take Care of Poison Ivy
How to do it: Wearing gloves and using liquid dishwashing soap and water, immediately wash any area that came in contact with the plant. Rinse thoroughly with clean water, then pat dry. If a rash develops, apply a cool, damp washcloth to the area.
Why it works: Liquid dish soap, which is detergent-based, will wash away the plant oil and help prevent absorption into the skin. Soaking in cool water or using cold compresses alleviates itching.
When to call the doctor: If the rash is on your child's face or near her eyes, if it spreads to more than 25 percent of her body, or if the itching is severe.