Please Keep an Eye on Your Kids!

child safety signKids are fast… and it takes just seconds for them to disappear. A few weeks ago, I had something terrifying happen, and I want to share it with you in hopes that it will remind you to always have an eye on your kids.

A few weeks ago, I had a friend over to help me with a rather large craft project. The only kids I had at home were Lucy, Parker, and Gage, and they were all in and out of the house along with my friend’s children.

After a little while, I suddenly realized that I didn’t know where Parker was.

My heart started racing. Where was he?

I searched the house, room by room, but he wasn’t there.

He wasn’t in the basement, either.

So, I went outside. We live in an area that is completely surrounded by woods. While this is typically no big deal, we have a bear that has gotten way too friendly with our trash cans.

I went outside, screaming Parker’s name. Where on earth was he? Why hadn’t I been watching him more closely? Why was I so enthralled with this project that I had allowed myself to be distracted from my children?

Tears streaming down my face, I screamed his name over and over.

And then we found him.

He had climbed into my friend’s car and shut the door. Luckily, summer hadn’t hit yet, and it wasn’t hot, plus she had cracked her windows.

He was fine. Thank God.

My heart still pounding, I pulled him from the car, and clung to him. I told him over and over again that I was so sorry I hadn’t been watching him better.

He grabbed my face with both hands, looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Mom, I was just driving to Walmart.”

SIGH. I still cannot believe that I allowed this to even happen. The “what if’s” are enough to make me sick to my stomach.

Now the doors are locked on any car parked in our driveway. Always. Parker is no longer allowed outside unless someone is right there with him. And I will never, ever again get so focused on anything that it distracts me from where my children are or what they are doing.

Summer is here, and there are far too many ways accidents can occur. I’ve already heard of 3 accounts of children being run over by an adult backing out of the driveway. Last year, 49 children in the United States died from heat stroke while left unattended in vehicles – making it the worst year on record. This is a significant health concern because there are an estimated 250,000 cases of children trapped in cars every month, with 2,000 of the nearly fatal.*

Please, please, PLEASE keep an eye on your children this summer. Know where they are at all times. It’s easy to say, “It will never happen to me.”

But what if it does?

It’s always better to be safe rather than to be sorry later.

*Heat stroke statistics courtesy of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Infants’ & Childrens’ Tylenol Being Improved

TylenolAs a mom of 6, I’ve been trusting and using Tylenol for a long time. I’ve used it for myself, and I’ve used it for each of my kids. That’s why I was so disappointed when the big Tylenol recall happened. I felt duped. The brand I trusted most to help me care for my kids was being recalled. For months, I’ve been unable to purchase Tylenol’s Infant Drops in local stores. It’s because Tylenol voluntarily pulled this product from the shelves until they can make the necessary changes to improve the safety and quality of the product.

I appreciate the fact that Tylenol is willing to make these changes so that parents everywhere can trust they are giving their children only the best once again.

Product Enhancements include the following:

Infants’ TYLENOL® will include a new, enhanced bottle with a protective opening and push-in syringe which will:

  • Provide even better dosing accuracy and ease of administration to infants
  • Allow for better control when dispensing the medication and reduce spillage
  • Further reduce the risk of children being able to get to the medicine in the bottle

Tylenol will also be introducing enhanced bottles with the protective opening on Children’s TYLENOL® products.

Infant Tylenol children's tylenol
There will also be new dosing directions related to the change in concentration on Infants’ TYLENOL®:

  • Infants’ TYLENOL® will have the same concentration of the active ingredient, acetaminophen, as Children’s TYLENOL®, which will standardize dosing across our products and age groups.
  • Tylenol has been working closely with other manufacturers of pediatric acetaminophen products to encourage an industry wide transition to one concentration across infants’ and children’s acetaminophen products.
  • There will be a time period when more than one concentration of infants’ acetaminophen products will be available in stores and parents and caregivers might have both in their medicine cabinets. Caregivers should be mindful to always read and follow the dosing directions on the package that is being used.
  • When Infants’ TYLENOL® products return to store shelves, they will include these changes.
  • As always, Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® products will continue to include specially designed dosing devices appropriate to the age of the child.
  • Parents and caregivers should contact their child’s healthcare provider if they have questions about dosing instructions.

Here are some Helpful Tips for Giving Medicines to Infants and Children:

Simply remember to NURSE:

  • Never give adult medicines to children.
  • Use the measuring device (syringe, dropper, dosage cup) that comes with the medicine every time you use it. Don’t use kitchen spoons (teaspoons or tablespoons).
  • Read and follow instructions on the label. Never give more than the recommended dose and do not give the medication more frequently than recommended.
  • Store all medicines out of the reach of children. Immediately following use, always restore the child resistant cap and put the medicine back into a high and out of sight location.
  • Every child grows. Know the infant’s or child’s weight and/or age to help determine the appropriate dosage.

I am really looking forward to these changes. As parents we worry about so much already. It’s so nice to see that Tylenol “has our backs” and is working to improve the products that we give to our children. I will continue to trust and use Tylenol when it’s needed around here.

To learn more about the changes Tylenol is making, visit the Tylenol products update page or visit www.tylenol.com.

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Tylenol and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.