Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mom of the year

I know it's been a while, work and life have gotten in the way of blogging.
But this lady yesterday was just SOOOOOOO stupid, I had to make time to tell you all about it.

Lat night, about 8pm, a woman and her two daughters come to my pharmacy to ask advice about hydrocortisone cream. "The doctor said to put this on my daughter's burn, and I don't know which one to get." Hydrocortisone on a burn? I had to ask questions...
"Is that your daughter? (looking at a 7 or 8 year old)" Mom picks up the smaller child and sits her on my drop off counter "No, it's this one" Child looks to be about 3 years old, and the skin on her face, mainly around her eyes, is all red and puffy. "What happened? Do you know what caused this burn?" It didn't look much like a burn to me, so I had to know details. Then the mom of the year story came out...
"Well, she got into my makeup. So, I used hot soapy water to try to wash it off, and it wouldn't all come off, so then I tried nail polish remover" Alrighty then....
Who on God's green Earth would take makeup off with nail polish remover???? Come ON lady, would you put it on your OWN face? No? Then why did you put it on your CHILD'S face??? Around her EYES no less???
I picked out a hydrocortisone product for her, told her not to use it more than a couple of days, and to follow up with the doctor again if it didn't improve by then. Then, I hoped that the kid didn't ever get into makeup again...

14 comments:

Lovely, CPhT said...

Reminds me of the mother who used a Mr Clean Magic Eraser to take marker off her son's face, then wondered why he had chemical burns! WTF are these people thinking?

Wunderwoman said...

Oh sweet baby Jesus what was she thinking? Someone should use that stuff on her face!

Jeremy said...

How do people come up with this!? We had a mother using bleach (not even diluted in water) on her son's head to get rid of ring worm.

idc5 said...

should be some kind of negligent crime.. how awful


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DyNA said...

Oh my gosh, was this women not thinking straight? Bad parenting. Wow.

Sam said...

she could have just used some baby oil since most makeup products oil-based. "like dissolves like" --> 1st yr undergrad chem!
people are just stupid and dont need a pharm degree to possess that knowledge lol

Jerome said...

I don't understand what the problem is. She was trying to get the make-up off so she used a product that removes that type of stuff. She didn't do anything wrong. I would have done the same thing for any one of my six kids. Some people can be so judgemental.

UNOMA said...

No,the Nobel Prize for Infanticide goes to the woman who came to my register with a bottle of NyQuil for a two week old baby.The kicker?she was waiting on a script two feet away from me and figured she'd add this to the mix,"so she'll improve faster".Yup,after one dose of NyQuil,she'd never need anything again on this Earth.
And Jerome,there is makeup remover available.I can bet that she even had some on her dresser,any woman that wears makeup posesses some form it.Can you spell "Vaseline"?No,she's just plain daft and not even thinking straight.So my toddler has some makeup on her face,if it washes off me,it'll wash off her.Sheesh!

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Leigh Wensink said...

Using nail polish remover on a child's face is like using a pressure washer instead of giving them a bath. Universally stupid.

Nathan Lee said...

Acetone is a toxic irritant. The fumes make you dizzy. You say you would have done the same thing for your kids? Have you ever read a safety label.

Nathan Lee said...

Acetone is a toxic irritant. The fumes make you dizzy. You say you would have done the same thing for your kids? Have you ever read a safety label.