Posted: 18/07/2017 at 09:22
I grew up with it in my family's garden ... when I was about 8 years old Ma gave me a part of the garden as my own and one sunny day I weeded it, pulling out everything there ... I must have got some of the euphorbia sap on my legs as for a few days afterwards I had swollen red wheals on them, which I think Ma treated with calamine lotion - I didn't see a doctor and I've been fine ever since ... Ma hadn't known about euphorbia sap ... I think a flower arranging friend told her about it some time later and she put two and two together and realised what had happened to me.
Children have to learn about danger ... stinging nettles, scratchy roses and brambles etc. Until they are old enough to be reliable they shouldn't be outside unsupervised, as you've said.
It is as well to be aware of the dangers of course ... a member of this forum was cutting euphorbia and got some sap on her hands and must have rubbed her eyes ... she has had problems requiring hospital treatment.
I think it depends how vigilant you are prepared to be, how biddable your child is (some just aren't ) and how anxious you are ... if you're the anxious type there's no point in stressing yourself out when you can get rid of the plant until your family is old enough to be more sensible.
Hope that helps you make up your mind.