You know those days. You wake up to your kid screaming over an hour before they normally wake up. To top it off, you feel terribly sick (curse you ragweed). That was the beginning of my day last Thursday.
I set Jude up watching SuperWhy on the laptop in my room so I could take a quick uninterrupted shower. I finished up and peeked around the door to make sure he was still doing ok. Except he had a bottle of afrin that I had grabbed from the medicine closet around 2am (and had since forgotten about) and by the looks of it, sprayed it all over my bed and likely in his own mouth.
I snatched the bottle out of his hand, tried to smell his breath, but couldn’t because – of course – I was so sick that I couldn’t smell anything and double of course, Jason had already left for work. Let me advise you, what I did next is not a good idea. I googled ’3 year old ingest afrin’. Bad idea. All I remember seeing was ‘death’ and my head just about exploded.
I called poison control to find out what to do next and talked the lady through what I had found my kid with. We determined from the amount of the medicine on the bed and how little was in the bottle before he got to it that he hadn’t ingested anything to be concerned about. Feed him a heavy breakfast to dilute any medicine in his system and keep a close eye on him the rest of the morning. Worst case he’s cranky and sleepy.
After I got over my panic induced sobbing episode, I called his MDO and told them we weren’t going to be there and why. I quickly got a story about how her youngest boy drank tea tree oil when he was 9 months old.
Then, I called my mom and got the story of how when I was 2, I climbed up on the counter and drank a bottle of perfume.
What the crap? Are kids trying to give their parents aneurisms?
He’s totally fine now and was fine the whole day of this crazy episode. My guess is that he sprayed it in his mouth once and it tasted so gross that one insignificant spray was all he ingested. It’s way more fun to spray it all over the bed.
It happens to everyone, right?