“Hello Poison Control? It’s me. Irresponsible Mommy . . . .”September 18, 2013
About an hour ago, Billy came wandering into the kitchen. I noticed that he smelled REALLY good! I looked over at him, smiling and thinking, “My kids even smell sweet!” And then I saw what was in his hand. In his mouth! And my smile turned upside down.
My sweet-smelling Billy was smiling innocently up at me and vigorously chewing on the stem of one of the warm scented oil air fresheners that I bought last weekend.
I grabbed it away from him. He looked up at me, made a face and said, “Mommy, my mouth feels bad . . .”
Groan . . .
I picked him up and washed his mouth out. Then I picked up the bottle, stared at the liquid inside and tried to guess whether he had actually ingested any of it. I sniffed it. I (rather stupidly) licked it. Now MY mouth was burning. I fumbled around in the drawer for the refill package, flipped it over and read this warning.
CAUTION: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. EYE AND SKIN IRRITANT. DO NOT INGEST IF SWALLOWED, DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. CALL A PHYSICIAN OR POISON CONTROL IMMEDIATELY.
Billy seemed to be fine (for now), so I opted for calling poison control.
It’s amazing how many horrible scenarios can go through my Mommy brain in the time it takes the phone to ring three times.
Poison Control answered and asked for my name. I gave it to them and explained how Billy had been chewing on the stem of the air wick freshener. The lady on the other end asked me to read the warning on the back of the package. I started reading it, “CAUTION, KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN . . . . . ”
It was not my best Mommy moment, for sure.
Bottom line, Billy is fine. It’s not poison. I just have to give him plenty to drink and keep an eye on him for an hour to make sure he doesn’t have an allergic reaction. Bill is at a baseball game, so I’m not sure who is going to keep an eye on me. My tongue is still burning . . . .
I guess that if the worst outcome of our first poison control experience is that I have a nasty taste in my mouth and a severe case of embarrassment, we are quite fortunate. And yes, the air wick bottle (and all of the unused refills) will be going into the OUTSIDE trash.
Now, here are a few cute photos that we just received from Billy & Amelia’s wedding performance back in July.