As hard as one might try to child-proof their home, sometimes kids are just too damn curious and clever for their own good. One mom found this out the hard way when her three-year-old daughter consumed a whole pill bottle of medicine.
Stevie Niki, the mom behind parenting and lifestyle blog My Tribe of Six, shared her story this week to spread awareness about how easily this scary situation can happen.
“I told you I would always be real with you. Share the ups, the downs and all arounds,” she began her post. “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 explain that while her three-year-old played with a cousin in her room, she left the two alone while she went outside for a minute. Her house is child-proofed and her daughter was in familiar territory, so she didn’t worry. But when she came back inside the house, she saw that her daughter had moved the stacked kitchen chairs in front of the medicine cabinet and she found an empty bill 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 medicine, the tablets she was so jealous her sister “got to take” each night. “I can say without a doubt, she did in fact manage to consume 20 to 30 capsules and 6 strepsils,” Niki concluded.