Friday, February 11, 2011

Question of the day - vomit

Question for you guys....

If your child vomits in a public place do you clean it up?  
Yay or nay?

I'm really curious what the answers are, public vomit may or may not have happened to me today and after hearing what some people around me had to say I'm really REALLY curious what the blogosphere has to say.

I'll share my answer with you guys tomorrow {or in a day or two knowing the way I move around here}.

Go on.... don't be shy.

18 comments:

  1. I guess it depends on where it happened. I wouldn't want to but I'm sure I would clean it up myself.

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  2. I would probably clean it up myself, as much as I wouldn't want to!

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  3. Well that's a title (and subject) that grabs attention! LOL This actually happened to me recently. Dylan had a good few gulps of water at an inflatables place before heading into one to jump around. It was more of a burp and here's a bit of leftovers from breakfast vs full out vomiting. I saw him coming towards me with a bit on his pants. Scanned the area - saw the mess. I stripped his pants, had a friend keep an eye on him and then I gathered supplies from my diaper bag and cleaned it up. I had momentarily looked for an employee (thinking I'd get some Lysol wipes or whatever), but she was tied up with other people so I just took care of it all. Once it was all tidy, I put fresh pants on him (that became covered in spilt milk about 20min later at lunch ... that's another story!) and we bounced a bit longer. :) So, long story, but yes, I would clean it up. I guess the only way I could see not doing it is if my child was so sick we had to leave immediately, but I would definitely speak up, admit our guilt and make sure it was attended too.

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  4. Yes! My son puked one of those huge big projectile pukes when he was about 1 year old right next to the cash registers in the entrance of the Wal-mart near me. Frantically, I flailed my arms around to get some help. A cashier felt so bad and raced over with a roll of paper toweling. But yea, with one hand holding my son like a football, my other arm slinging the diaper bag, and my right hand on the puke, I definitely helped. He wasn't even sick. I think he had just eaten too fast before we left. Poor thing. lol

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  5. I guess it would depend on where it happened? I would at least attempt to clean it up myself, or ask someone who works at a place {if that's where it happened} for help.

    Also, did you ever get my tweet last week? Skip is off every Tuesday in February so I can't get together this month. I'm free every Tuesday in March though, except March 1st. What day works for you??

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  6. Well, I guess it would depend on how much there was. I mean, little bit of throw up/spit up, I can handle that myself. If it's a big pile, I would probably get someone to help me because I don't carry around paper towels and proper cleaning supplies with me to the store/restaurant.

    From an employer point-of-view, I would definitely have one of my employees clean it up. I would want it disposed of properly and the area bleached down, not just to get rid of the smell, but also to get rid of any bacteria. I'm curious because there are laws about how body fluids have to be cleaned up in a work place, so I would assume vomit fits under this category. (Sorry, HR person in me coming out...)

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  7. The PC answer is yes, you should, but I personally can't handle vomit without vomiting myself. I know, I know I'm a sympathy vomiter and I have 4 kids....yuck!

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  8. OMG, I so so so love you and the sh*t you post. bwahahahaha

    As for the cleanup, what the hell are YOU supposed to clean it up with if you're out and about? The establishment you are visiting has cleaning supplies and plastic gloves that they can use to clean up.

    In the case of pools, you are not allowed to clean it up -- the lifeguards follow a certain procedure.

    So, my official answer if no, you don't clean up. Summon help and wait for it to arrive and make sure it is taken care of -- yes. Do actual cleaning? No.

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  9. Yah. Naomi was a reflux puker, so I was always wiping up stuff w/ whatever I had on hand (as a reflux puker, most of it was milk, so it was AS nasty as --- say a 5yo's puke gag'o'rama). Wipes, extra clothes in the bag, cloth diaper inners. No way am I going to make someone else clean up my kiddo's vomit. But that said, if I were in a big store and it was a massive pile ---- I'm obviously going to catch someone to help me. Because, well I'm sure we all know, sometimes wipes JUST WON'T CUT IT!

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  10. I would find someone to clean it honestly. Most likely because I'd want to either take my child out of the store or to the bathroom. My son got a bloody nose all over a public bathroom that we had to rush into and I cleaned that up myself.

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  11. I don't do vomit. Or actually, I don't like to do vomit. I will almost always end up throwing up myself. I don't know why I have three kids.

    Anyway, most places have this stuff that they put on top of the said vomit and makes it crumbly and then they can sweep it up. If we are at somewhere that is not likely to have that, then I will clean it up reluctantly (and then throw up myself). If it's a big place, you bet your bottom that I will ask for someone to help me clean it up, especially since they usually have that stuff. I do attempt to help, but I honestly just can't handle it!

    Side note, I had a girl throw up in my classroom, and I had to run out before I joined in. At the beginning of the school year I took the kids to the computer lab and the teacher asked them what my number one rule was. They all answered "Barf in the trashcan". She then had to ask for my second rule and she got the answer she was looking for which was "don't talk when someone else was talking".

    I feel sick now.

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  12. Kind of depends....there have been a few times that this has happened to me & I handled in differently based on the circumstances.

    One time when my oldest was about 12, we were leaving Subway & she was suddenly hit with a wave of nausea & she threw up half inside & half outside of the door to the building. The entire family was with me and there was a mop bucket sitting RIGHT THERE. Savannah was crying & really just needed to get OUT of the place b/c she felt like she was going to puke again, so I just ran over to the counter & told them she had thrown up & took off.

    One time Samuel threw up at the park under a tree. Clearly I can't clean up the ground, so I left that & took him home.

    But when my kids puked as babies (major reflux kiddos over here!), I pulled out whatever I had in the diaper bag & cleaned it up.

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  13. run like the wind honey, grab your stuff and run like the wind. then call your children by the wrong names and if you husband is with you call him by the wrong name so they can't trace who you really hard. Keep running, change the license plates on your car and shop at a different store.

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  14. I would definitely make the attempt but it depends on where it is and how much they've puked. I'd at least tell an employee so that they could get the cleaning supplies.

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  15. I don't have kids, so I can only say what I think I would do, which is clean it up. But I'm also forever helping people clean things up, find things, etc. I think it's because I'm customer service oriented and I just feel this need to make sure people are taken care of and that at the same time, no one needs to clean up after me.

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  16. Always try to clean up as many of your child's body fluids as possible. If it's on the ground outside that may be a different story but ALWAYS when it's inside. I used to wait tables and you'd be amazed how many parents would let you clean up their child's vomit while continuing their meal. If you have to leave to take care of the child that's one thing. But just expecting someone else to do it is another.

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  17. LOL! I'm following because you are AWESOME!!!

    As much as I hate vomit (or "second chances" as my MIL calls it) I would grab about 9,000 baby wipes and clean in the hopes that no "second chances" would actually touch my skin ;)

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