My Niece is 11 months old, and she is amazing. I love her so much and spoil her as often as I can!
I would do anything for her! But yesterday she spent 7 hours in the hospital and there was nothing I could do. She is fine, and it was just a scare, but it could have been easily prevented.
Last night, while they were out running errands, my niece found a pill on the ground, and like babies tend to do, she put it in her mouth. My sister was fast and got it out before she swallowed it, but it was in her mouth long enough that all markings had dissolved. My sister called Poison Control to see if they could identify the pill, and they told her she needed to take my niece to the hospital immediately.
Neither Poison Control nor Children’s hospital could identify the pill. They thought it was probably Tylenol, but they weren’t sure. There was a chance it was Blood Pressure, Diabetes, or Heart medication. If it was any of those, then even the tiniest amount could have huge effects on a small child. Poison Control told the hospital they needed to keep my niece under observation for 6 hours.
When all was said and done my sister, my brother-in-law, and my niece spent over 7 hours at the hospital. My niece missed a nap and was super cranky, but otherwise healthy and unaffected. My sister was exhausted and upset by the whole ordeal but thankful her little baby was okay.
I am glad my niece is okay and I am glad that my sister took her to the hospital and I am glad that they took all the necessary precautions and observed her for 6 hours. But I am also pissed. My Sister doesn’t really have the money to pay for hospital visit and my brother-in-law had to leave work (he works on commission) to go to the hospital with them.
This could have been prevented if the person who dropped the pill took 5 seconds to pick it up and throw it away!! I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt, they probably thought it was harmless. Would you think twice if you dropped some Tylenol on the ground? I would hope that if someone with Blood Pressure, Diabetes, or Heart medication drops a pill they would take the time to pick it up. They are probably warned how dangerous they can be. But it doesn’t matter what type of pill it is! Please pick it up!
If you drop any kind of pill please pick it up! Especially when in a public place! There may be babies or dogs that find it!! Even if it is Aspirin or Tylenol, it could be poisonous to babies and dogs! And the parent / owner has no way of knowing what it is their baby just ingested!!