As arduous as one may attempt to child-proof their home, typically youngsters are simply too rattling curious and intelligent for their very own good. One mother discovered this out the arduous approach when her three-year-old daughter consumed an entire capsule bottle of drugs.
Stevie Niki, the mother behind parenting and way of life weblog My Tribe of Six, shared her story this week to unfold consciousness about how simply this scary state of affairs can occur.
“I told you I would always be real with you. Share the ups, the downs and all arounds,” she started her submit. “Well, today something happened in my home that could have been life altering and I want to share it because sometimes we all need reminding that we cannot become complacent as parents. Its easy to do, we fall into our daily routines, let our guards down within the comfort zone of our own child proof homes and never expect tragedy will ever hit us. It’s easy to think ‘that wont happen to us’ but IT CAN, it can happen to anyone and everyone.”
Niki went onto clarify that whereas her three-year-old performed with a cousin in her room, she left the 2 alone whereas she went outdoors for a minute. Her home is child-proofed and her daughter was in acquainted territory, so she did not fear. But when she got here again inside the home, she noticed that her daughter had moved the stacked kitchen chairs in entrance of the drugs cupboard and she or he discovered an empty invoice bottle.
“I question her; ‘Where is the medicine? Show Mummy where you put them? What did they look like? How did you do that?” she wrote. “Coy, with signs of pride breaming through she reluctantly replies ‘they’re all in my tummy Mummy, Sissy’s green and white ones and the big blue ones tasted like berries.'” She had taken her six-year-old sister’s drugs, the tablets she was so jealous her sister “got to take” every night time. “I can say without a doubt, she did in fact manage to consume 20 to 30 capsules and 6 strepsils,” Niki concluded.
Like any panicked mother on this state of affairs, she rushed her daughter to the hospital the place she was fortunately given excellent news. “The medication she over dosed on was slow release Melatonin which is the artificial version of the naturally occurring hormone in our brain that helps us to relax and go to sleep. There is no negative side affects to taking it other than she might have a decent sleep,” she stated. She did, nevertheless, study some harrowing statistics concerning the state of affairs she discovered herself in that day. “In the United States, approximately 60,000 children per year are rushed to the emergency room after getting into medications. That’s roughly 165 children under 5 years of age that are treated daily who unintentionally overdose or consume prescription medications,” she wrote.
Niki preempted the inevitable “bad mom” shaming in her submit as nicely. “Before I go further, I want you to know that I am well aware I will be judged for this. That the parenting police, childless experts and the self proclaimed perfect parents will persecute me. They’re going to say ‘Where were you? Why weren’t you watching her?’ That ‘this would NEVER happen to me’ and ‘my child would never do this.’ BUT the fact is, it’s impossible to watch them 24 hours a day and accidents CAN and WILL happen. Sometimes accidents are small, they’re broken pot plants, a smashed vase or a bump on the head and sometimes they’re life changing, like a child falling into a pool, running out behind a car or like today, it was a child getting into the medicine cupboard and overdosing.”
“So don’t be too quick to judge,” she wrote. “Instead you too can learn from my mistake and instead of criticizing me, try to empathize with me because there is nothing no one could say that could make me feel worse about it than I already do.”
And she completed her story with optimism, “Tonight I’m going to bed a few hairs grayer and a few wrinkles deeper, thankful for the healthy children I have tucked securely and safely in their beds, knowing tomorrow will be a better day (touch wood).”
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