Poison Control FTW

I almost titled this post “Don’t hesitate, Poison Control is Great!” But, no. Even I know how much cheese a blog post can really take. Still, I am feeling some fairly enthusiastic love for Poison Control today, so I thought I would share. No, they didn’t ask me to write this. But I got to call them today.

Honestly, I was probably over-reacting. This morning, my 6yo had a fever. My husband and I thought we should give him some chewable Tylenol. Cool. While he was busy in the kitchen making coffee, I gave my kid a dose. And then when I was busy getting dressed, my husband gave him a dose, too. Double dose. And the Pedi’s office was still closed.

So, I looked at the box. Under Overdose Warning, it said:

Taking more than the recommended dose (overdose) may cause liver damage. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. Quick medical attention is critical even if you do not notice any signs or symptoms.

I looked over at the couch. He was snuggled under his blanket, cozily watching Beyblades… WHILE HIS LIVER SHRIVELED WITHIN.

So, I checked in with Dr. Google (even though I know better). Well, he’s a big gigantic jerk because he just gave me repeated headlines that read something like “…death in child from acetaminophen overdose…”

I looked at my husband. “I think I’m going to call Poison Control.”

“For peace of mind…”


And I did.

I consider it fairly amazing that this has only been my second time calling Poison Control, actually. The first time was after my now 6yo ate an entire stick of lipstick at about 2. I had no idea what was in that stuff. WHAT IF, you know? So I called then, too. And I had the very same experience. There are five things that truly impress me about Poison Control:

  1. They are very calming and reassuring (basically, the nicest people ever).
  2. They NEVER make you feel like a dumb-ass.
  3. They know a LOT of about a lot of stuff. (Way more than Dr. Google.)
  4. EMS calls them on the scene for dosing advice and treatment suggestions.
  5. They won’t call social services on you for making a stupid mistake. (At least… not that *I* know of…)

So here’s my take-away. Did your kid eat something weird? Just call them.

It only takes a minute. Yeah, they will ask for your kid’s name and your number. Don’t stress. They just want to help. Your peace of mind is worth a whole lot more than wondering whether your child’s liver is slowly shriveling thanks to a Tylenol botch-up.

Or wondering whether they are about to go into toxic-lipstick-shock.


#1 Stimey on 08.10.12 at 8:39 am

I also love poison control. I’ve had to call them twice as well, and they are wonderful. I heard from a doctor relative of mine that doctors always call poison control too and that they know way more than anyone else.
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#2 Tracy @ Momaical on 08.10.12 at 8:40 am

LMAO – Hilarious! Not the fear of overdose but knowing that feeling of wondering if something dangerous is happening with your child – and they go paint themselves with lipstick. Or markers. Or decide to “decowate” your bedroom with your brand new lotion… Love it!
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#3 Run DMT on 08.10.12 at 8:58 am

“They never make you feel like a dumb-ass”. lol

Even if I am one or negligent. But hey, I call Poison Control so at least it’s responsible neglect.

Despite what they say, I’m sure I’m on some Poison Control watch list. lol
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#4 Talitha on 08.10.12 at 9:20 am

Lipstick DOES look like candy.

#5 Monica on 03.08.13 at 1:46 pm

Just had a nightmare experience with “eddie” from poison control. He kept insisting all makeup is non toxic as I am swelling, blistering and now am finding it hard to breathe. But as he assured me over and over of his medical degree, why is this person answering the phone when people are in need of advice rather than some person acting like they know what they are talking about??? He had no idea that cosmetics can cause various allergic reactions. He had no idea that red dye can usually cause it and is in everything including the benadryl he kept saying i must take. But I cannot since it is worse than the reaction! Guess it’s better to just suck it up and go to the hospital rather than waste time with eddie from poison control and being on the internet :(

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