Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Poison Control, the inaugural call















Magdalena reached the First Call to Poison Control finish line much sooner than Miriam did: 14 months versus 3 years old. This was one milestone I wasn't anxious for her to improve on.

At least it wasn't that serious. She sucked on the shampoo bottle in the bath and next thing I knew she was literally foaming at the mouth. I rinsed out her mouth and it didn't feel too soapy, but she was gagging a little so I knew that at the very least, it had left a bad taste in her mouth.

Still, I was a little worried and I felt it was my duty to call Poison Control. I may have been inattentive enough to let my baby drink bath products, but that didn't mean I couldn't be responsible about it after the fact.

I told the Poison Control guy that my 14-month-old had ingested some shampoo. I could practically hear the "meh" in his voice as he told me that "children generally tolerate shampoo very well." Oh, how that made me feel like an OK mom after all, that this thing had happened so often as to inspire absolute indifference in a poison control expert. What a relief.

What have you called poison control for lately?

13 comments:

Liz Johnson said...

I called for finger paints a while back, before I knew that non-toxic meant exactly that - they are non-toxic. So now I just let them eat finger paints with reckless abandon (ok, maybe not, but I don't call anybody about it anymore).

JackJen said...

I'm also not swayed by a mere 'non-toxic' label. Ian once chewed the tips off all of his crayola markers and I made the Poison Control people look it up after they had their "meh" moment. =)

Bridget said...

So...what did they say about the crayon tips? Not that Magdalena did the same thing and I didn't call or anything...

Melody said...

Eli ate dishwasher soap. My dishwasher has a tendency to not get all of the soap out of the little bowl it goes in. When I was loading one day, he ate some. They told me just to give him lots of water and wait to make sure he was ok.

Amanda said...

I have yet to call poison control for either of my children. Which is not to say I'm overly cautious or that I've baby proofed my house so well, they just haven't eaten anything out of the ordinary.1

Jeanerbee said...

When Eli was about that age I had to call because he pulled one of my scented oil plug-ins out of the wall and chewed the tip off - it said right on the box to call poison control immediately! Luckily he didn't really ingest any, or breathe it into his lungs (the real danger of the oil I guess) but his breath reeked of cinnamon spice for a while... I don't buy those things anymore.

christi and clifton said...

When Casey was younger, it appeared that she had eaten a 1/4bar of Dove soap. I called and they just said it would pass through her system and to give her lots of water. Luckily, I found most of the soap the next morning under the bathroom rug.

EmmySue said...

Timothy ate a hybiscus flower. Random... I know... I think he thought that eating and smelling a flower were one in the same. I thought at one point I heard that they were poisonous to pets... so I called poison control. Turns out they are not lethal... but not good either... note to self...

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Haven't called PC lately but out of 5 kids I've called once on four of them. One had to take the charcol treatment in the ER. It's nerve-racking to go through that & we were always so careful with chemicals & such, just not careful enough.

JackJen said...

So, not that you'd need to know this, Bridget, but the Poison Control people told me that that I'm supposed to BELIEVE crayola when they tell me that their markers are non-toxic. =) The worst part was having to brush his teeth over and over and over again to get the color off his teeth.

Katie said...

My first and only call to PC was about a month ago when Cora ate 8 doses of pedia-lax. I guess that's one of the disadvantages of making kid's pills taste like candy! When I called PC, they just said that she'd most likely get sever diarrhea and just to replace her lost fluids. It actually took 2 days for the diarrhea to hit, and it wasn't that bad at all. I was impressed that the PC woman I talked to actually called back a few days later to check up on Cora! Impressive.

Crys said...

Three kids, five, two, and 4 months...never had to call poison control. My kids are boring. The only thing they've ever climbed for was candy. My mom had to call PC though once when my sister ate a whole pack of birth control pills. She also drank a bottle of penicillin. I guess she was just one of those kids. Go figure!

Shannon said...

It actually never occurred to me to call Poison Control . . . except when we lived in the apt you also lived in in Damascus, where lead paint was flaking off the walls, and my baby was just learning how to walk . . . and lick stuff. So far she seems to be fine, though (6 years strong!), if a little mutated at times.

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