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Is Your House Child Proofed Enough?

Hello my dear Mamas,

Today I would like to share with you something that happened to me last week and let me tell you it was the most horrible feeling.

So I guess I should start by saying that it has been a difficult time lately, and the fact that my daughter had the fever and a cold for the past week didn’t help. She was very irritable and clingy one moment and very distant the next. She kept making this super annoying fake crying sounds ALL DAY LONG. By bedtime we were both exhausted but even though we couldn’t keep our eyes open she had a difficult time sleeping, which meant I had to spend the night in her room trying to make her comfortable enough to sleep for at least a few hours. That obviously translated to a very VERY little sleep for mommy.

Needless to say that I’ve been easily ticked off, since I was tired to the bone. On top of that she also learned to get out of the crib on her own, so it has become her most enjoyable pastime, meaning she has been skipping naps and been falling asleep later than usual at night.

All this is to provide you with a back story to what I’m about to tell you…

I put my little one to sleep for her afternoon nap at her usual time (1pm) and soon realized that this was going to be another of those days where she was going to skip it, since she kept coming out of the crib and refused to sleep. I tried again and again to make her sleep but with no success, so finally at around 3.30pm I gave up. I thought to myself well if she doesn’t sleep might as well take her with me in the shower and have a nice relaxing time, where we can both enjoy some time together.

I couldn’t be more wrong!!!

We were probably 2 minutes in and I literally took my eyes off her just the time to get my short hair wet under the stream of water, and when I looked back at her she had her index finger stuck in the shower drain. I tried to help her get the finger unstuck and I couldn’t!!! She was literally stuck to the shower plate. I ran out of the shower to get a screwdriver so that I could detach the drain cover, and get her in a more comfortable position. I thought that by doing so I would be able to remove that damn thing from around her finger.

I swear I never ran so fast in my life!!!

Once I got her out of the shower I tried to slide the drain cover off, but it wouldn’t budge so I tried to put some soap on her little finger. It didn’t work and at this point I’m in super panic mode. Her finger was swelling and I couldn’t think of anything else so what came to mind was to call 911.

They sent someone right away and once they got there, together we tried to free her from that damn thing. We tried oil, lube, some sort of big clipper, but nothing seemed to work. I was getting more and more nervous by the minute.. I mean my child’s finger was trapped in that thing and I (Her mother… who is supposed to protect her and make things better) couldn’t do anything to help her. The paramedics decided that there was nothing else they could try there at the house, so they made me quickly pack things and drove us to the hospital.

Once we got to the ER I actually started feeling dizzy and I tried to fight it , I tried to stay alert and brave for my little one, but it started getting worse to the point where I almost fainted. This thing tends to happen to me when I’m tired and in a stressful situation, but I felt so ashamed that I couldn’t keep it together. I’m supposed to protect her… That’s all I could think of, over and over again. Instead the hospital staff had to take over and keep her entertained while waiting for the doctor to come and do something about that swollen finger stuck in the drain cover.

I’m not sure how long it was before they moved us to a room, nor when my husband got there, but when I saw him I felt so relieved. I remember thinking oh here is my hero, my rock! He knows what to do and how to handle the situation, so I began to relax. It still took me a while to get better and hearing my daughter screaming while they were trying to remove the big ring from around her finger didn’t help. I knew she was safe with daddy but I felt so helpless and mortified that I wasn’t up to the task. They finally got her out of it and with just a few scratches to tell the tale we finally got home.

 

My husband said that I handled it well enough, I did what I had to do to make sure our daughter was taken care of and that I couldn’t feel guilty for feeling sick. Those are things that you can’t control, but I can’t help it but think that I could have done better. Maybe if I had had more sleep the days prior to this event, maybe if I weren’t so squeamish!!! I hated myself for what I was not capable of doing.

So with this in mind I decided to share my story to make sure that other moms won’t have to face a similar situation. If you regularly take a shower with your little one or plan to do so please be careful. Inspect the shower and look for things that could become a safety hazard for your small child. And remember just because it didn’t happen before it doesn’t mean it will never happen.

I take the shower regularly with her and this never happened before, so I just want to remind you to be vigilant and that revisiting your child proofing every so often might actually save your child from this kind of incidents.

Try to remember that what might not be dangerous for a one year old could be for a two year old, so that is why it’s good to do a general check of the house and see if there are adjustments to be made. We decided to add a bug screen mesh around the plate, just to prevent the accident from happening again. You can find it at any hardware store and it’s very easy to install. What we did was cut it about half an inch wider than the actual plate, made some small cuts, so we could fold it easily around the plate. Make sure to place the net on the outside so there’s no way your child can push it down. The other reason it’s better to have it on the outside is that after you fold it around the plate you can screw them both in place and they won’t move. Once your done we recommend that you test it just to make sure the net won’t move or get loose.

I hope this horrible event will help someone else avert it, and if you have suggestions or recommendations please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

Thank you as always,

Be safe!

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