I Hope This Review Helps In Some Small WayAug 23, 2001 Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in Auto Parts and AccessoriesThe Bottom Line Always lock up any detergent, medicines, cosmetics and place plants hidden somewhere and never ever leave a small child in the care of another child.
A friend of mine just bought a beautiful remodeled 13-room, 7-acre 1700ís home in western Massachusetts. She has 7 grandchildren who just love to romp through the huge fenced yard (not all 7 acres) and get their choice of which room to sleep in when they visit.
This home has been Vivís dream since before our children were born and I was very happy for her that it finally came true. (Viv is not her real name nor are any of the children mentioned in this review.)
Last month two of Vivís grandchildren were visiting her for the weekend, 7-year-old Tyler, a very active but extremely intelligent child and 3 year-old Melissa, another active and intelligent child. Melissa never sits still for one second and I think that is the reason why she took the older cousin to kind of watch over Melissa when Viv was busy cooking or doing other things in her new home. (sheís a great cook and gardener and very busy with her new home)
While outdoors gardening, Viv left the tools unattended and accident number one occurred when Melissa spotted the garden rake and started using it as a claw to dig into the ground.
With all of her strength, this child hammered that thing into a rock buried under the dirt and actually broke it. Not only did the handle of the small garden rake break off but a piece of rock flew into Melissaís face just missing her eye by a half inch. She was taken to emergency and released with 4 stitches. The force of the piece of rock was so fierce that it ripped a portion of her skin apart.
Melissa returned home and a few nights later settled down to a game of coloring with her cousin, Tyler. When Viv sneaked outdoors again accident number two took place. After coloring a quarter of a page or so, Melissa told Tyler she had to go potty upstairs. (she liked the upstairs bathroom better) Being a curious child and it being a new house, Melissa discovered her grandparentís master bedroom.
After some ten minutes had passed , Viv yelled into the house how the kids were doing. Tyler said they were fine. Then he went upstairs to find out what Melissa was up to. She had every single nail polish bottle opened and was painting her mouth with the brush from every bottle. (she had already painted her nails so see how much time had lapsed?)
Now I canít even imagine how this would feel on the childís lips as I know nail polish dries quickly. Melissa literally ate some of it as she was licking her tongue and making nasty faces when Tyler entered the room. A call to poison control was made and after administering peroxide to the child, she was rushed to the hospital where she remained for the night.
Accident number 3 and any future accident was prevented because my friend finally decided to send Melissa home. But just before she left,underneath her sink are dangerous detergents of all kinds and even though a child-proof bar is there holding the doors together, Tyler unlocked them to get some mosquito spray and failed to lock them up. Had Viv not been there, I donít even like to think of what may have taken place.
Children are born of curiosity and I donít care if the child is hyper or calm, a small child will get into anything. Please dear readers, never leave a small child under the care of another small child and always place medicines and cosmetics in a high locked cabinet and detergents locked up securely. Even some plants are poisonous so be aware of this and place your plants in some distant place when children or even pets are around.
If older children are around when small children are present, make sure you sit down and explain to them the rules of what not to do (such as Tyler unlocking the bar to the cabinet.)
I have to admit that what my friend did was wrong in leaving the children unattended for so long and going by the answer that everything was "okay" by a 7-year-old. Iím glad Viv finally came to her senses and decided to spiffy up her home and garden before having the grandchildren over again. Itís too bad the little one had to pay first.
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