This child had a bad poison ivy rash, with red bumps, vesicles and blisters, in a straight line or streaks, from where the poison ivy plant had contact with her leg.
Why is it so hard to teach kids to avoid poison ivy?
Mostly because it is simply so much fun to play in the areas where poison ivy grows, along trails, ponds, and lakes.
Also, the old 'leaves of three, let it be' phrase isn't usually enough to help kids avoid poison ivy.
Instead, review some pictures of poison ivy so that they really know what to look for. Since poison oak and poison sumac can trigger the same rash, knowing how to recognize and avoid these plants is important too.