September 29, 2016
Can I just say that I fully expect my son, Connor, to win the Nobel Peace Prize one day? He has been reading since he was 3 and, for a 6-year-old, we think he’s pretty mature. But last week, he proved that anyone young enough to be completely absorbed by two rubber dinosaurs at play (or war) — I’m not sure which — is too young to monitor a toddler. Even for a few minutes.
During our morning and evening commute, I usually ask him to help me keep an eye on his baby sister loaded into a car seat next to him. Last week that didn’t work out so well. While I answered a call from my boss and negotiated rush-hour traffic, Lauren pilfered a bottle of cough syrup from the tote bag I left sitting in the back seat. She may be a future Nobel Laureate herself. She is only 2, but she managed to remove the child-resistant cap and quietly emptied all but a teaspoon of the bottle, which was probably half full.
I may have been a little slow on the uptake because of the head cold I’m battling, so I didn’t notice that she was covered in green cough syrup until we were at a stoplight a few blocks from home.
I know. I deserve the Mom of the Year Award, right? After a brief meltdown, I remembered that our pediatrician gave me a magnet with the number for the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center. I went straight home, found the number on my refrigerator and called. The nurse I spoke with told me this kind of thing happens all the time. She walked me through what to do over the phone.
Meanwhile, lesson learned. From now on, my tote bag, purse and even the diaper bag will not sit within reach of the car seat.
– Distracted in Downtown Louisville
What to do if your child swallows adult medication
Hey, no judgment here. “Ms. Distracted” isn’t a bad mom just because her daughter is clever enough to figure out a child-resistant cap. She’s like thousands of busy moms the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center helps each year. No matter how careful you are, toddlers can move quickly when your back is turned.
What can parents and caregivers learn from this mom’s experience? Here are five helpful hints:
Need our help? The Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center is ready to answer your questions and help you respond to poison emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our service is free of charge. Don’t forget to program our number into your cellphone so you can call us anytime — (800) 222-1222.