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My toddler sprayed kitchen cleaner in his eyes

>> Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I stumbled upon Mama-Om blog one day when my kid sprayed kitchen cleaner in his eyes (he cleans the table after dinner and has been trusted with the cleaner for awhile now) while I was not looking. It was all natural no ammonia or chlorine surface cleaner by Williams-Sonoma. My 3 y.o.  kid cried out as his eyes stung and he was scared. I started washing his face/ eyes out with water and then placed him in the bath tub to splash more water in his eyes. The pain subsided, I got my son out of the bath.  He was now less hurt, but still rubbing his eyes.
My 82 year-old grandma began to worry as well and started to beg me to take the boy to the ER.  Not a stranger to medical world, I still had no plan, I have never thought this scenario through. I did  not know what to do next with my own kid.

I googled the topic. Mama-Om's blog came up with an article on the subject. I read it twice and called Poison Control Center1-800-222-1222.

Poison Control Center specialist (super patient and very professional) told me to wrap my toddler in the towel or blanket from shoulders down (so he could not kick me) and put him under a running stream of water for 15 minutes. Yes 15!!! Oh, that was not easy.
 First of all, my three year old was scared. I could not explain the process well enough to him. I let him take breaks every so often, and he would tell me "Mommy, that's just not right", "Mommy, stop it please, I don't want water on my eyes".
Secondly, I have a kitchen faucet with removable hose and I can control the shape and size of the streaming water. I ran it over the bridge of his nose. If your faucet is not like mine, please use a measuring cup or something else to pour water over the BRIDGE OF THE NOSE. Comfort your child. I kept thinking if he felt I was drowning him.
Thirdly, I does take two people. My grandma helped me. I could not do by myself. Please phone someone near by to help you. Towel or not, they want to wiggle out.
When we were finished, my toddler was tired. I kept kissing him and telling him how much I love him. I had to watch him for an hour. Poison Control Center called me back and asked if my son kept touching his eyes or showed any signs of discomfort. Luckily for us he did not. We went to bed.
I hope and I pray this never happens again.
My boy is doing well. I am learning new ways of parenting. I want to be a relaxed trusting mom. I want to enjoy everything we do together. I have to learn not to panic. It was good for me learn that many moms would have panicked as well, so I can forgive myself, take the experience with me and move on being a good mom.

4 comments:

Irina July 20, 2010 at 7:34 PM  

I hope this will never happen again. I think you did awesome!! I know I would have paniced, thats me... but I wish I had some self control like you do. You are a great mom!

АLEKSANDRA July 20, 2010 at 8:07 PM  

Thank you. Self control, that I lack too and often.
But I am on the quest finding a solution how to accept the family the way it is and be very happy. How to love the kid and not worry about what others say. You know the people that always "help" to make your day fall apart by judging as in "your kid got you wrapped around his finger","you gonna let him do it?", "you should push him more"...
I am going to learn how to avoid all of that and let me and my kid be us. We need to trust our kids so they can be successful.
I have no answers yet, but I am on the road...

Olga July 21, 2010 at 1:33 PM  

I am sorry it happened but glad all worked out!

Nadia Yeremenko July 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

Молодец, что справилась !

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