Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Candy or Medicine?

When you have a new born it seems simple to baby proof your house, but as they get older it is important to make sure things are put away.

We had our first big scare the other day with our oldest. We don’t have to worry about the baby getting into the medicine on the counter, but now Bella is tall enough to reach everything. She was up the other night not feeling well so I had gotten some medicine out of the medicine cabinet and left it on the counter overnight. She used our bathroom in the morning and I didn’t think anything about the box still being on the counter, but she did.

An hour later I went into her bedroom to find empty wrappers of chewable Benadryl on the floor. I immedicatly ran to her to get her vitals and to see how many she ate. I only bought the chewable for our trip on the plane and I guess she thought it was like candy. We had a long talk about the difference between medicine and candy. All medicine went back into the cabinet.

Luckily the medication just made her sleepy and we were glad it was just child medication not an adult dose of any kind, but again it was an important reminder that you are never done child proofing your house. It is important to talk to your children about how some medication looks like candy. For instance, ibuprofen looks like good n plenty, or asprin can look like skittles, Tylenol can look like a tic tac and bethanechol looks like a sweet-tart.

Parents please be prepared and have the poision control number by your phone 1-800-222-1222. But more importantly let get rid of medication we aren’t using anymore and put all medication our of reach of all children.

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