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And Then I Called Poison Control

Posted: October 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Parenting | Tags: Emergency Room, Food, parenting, Raising Boys, Toddlers | 10 Comments »

This story is about poop. You have been warned.

On Saturday we started to notice the boys had green poops.

Like. REALLY green. Like maybe somewhere between Green and Mountain Meadow.

At first we just went with it. I tried to figure out why exactly it was so brightly hued. What did they eat yesterday? We had Beef Stroganoff with butter and dill noodles…perhaps that new jar of dill was artificially doctored up with food coloring? It was exceptionally green.

The green poops continued on Sunday and I was starting to get a little skeptical on my dill theory. Lots of poop. Many more diaper changes than normal. All bright bright green. All three boys.

Seriously. What. The. Hell.

As we were walking out the door to my moms on Sunday for dinner I noticed a TomCat mouse bait “house” out of the corner of my eye and my brain started to go crazy. TomCat mouse baits are exactly the color I was seeing in diaper after diaper.

(mouse bait…not poop)


Earlier in the week I had cleaned out all of the drawers and cabinets in our kitchen and had moved 3 mouse baits (we have had a few over the past year and they all come in the same way so I always have a pet/kid proof “bait house” in certain cupboards and drawers just in case). I did have one bait that was NOT in a bait house though and I couldn’t for the life of me remember if I had put it under the locked sink. I was pretty sure I had, but since I couldn’t check I was going crazy trying to figure this out.

Once I got to my mom’s I hopped on her computer to do a little Googling: “I might have poisoned my kid with mouse bait” and “what happens if your kid eats TomCat mouse bait?” and “how do I know if my kid ate mouse poison?”. (Mom of the Year moment over here.) What I was seeing wasn’t good- tell-tale signs might not show up for weeks, bad bad things can happen…ugh.

So, I called poison control. (That’s 1-800-222-1222 if you didn’t know.)

I explained the situation to the person who answered (they answer really quickly, having never called poison control I wasn’t sure what to expect) and after discussing it with a few other people, they decided that the green poops were probably NOT the result of eating mouse bait unless they had all three eaten an entire mouse bait in which case they would all three probably be having other symptoms.

OK. I could relax a little bit. I still wanted to get home and make sure that one stray mouse bait was in fact accounted for*, but I felt better knowing they didn’t think I needed to rush to the ER right this minute.

We went on with our evening, having a delicious dinner with my mom and sister. Afterwards we were sitting in the living room and I casually told my mom that I was letting the boys have sugar cereal. I was letting them have Fruit Loops and how they were kind of obsessed with them (they rarely get sugar cereal so this was a huge treat).

And then it dawned on me.


Green and blue fruit loops.

You know those things are just swimming in food coloring.

So, that is probably the end of Fruit Loops. It makes me crazy to think of all that crap just going into their bodies for nothing more than visual appeal. We don’t drink juice very often, they don’t get fruit snacks or things like that on a daily basis. The only thing I indulged them in were popsicles and freeze pops in the summer because it was so freaking hot all the time, but even those never resulted in atomic green diapers!

It’s back to Rice Krispies and Shredded Wheat I guess. I guess that’s what you get from a mom who’s favorite cereal is Grape Nuts.

I’m usually pretty on top of these kids so this was wildly out of character to have no idea what they may or may not have put into their mouths.  I guess I will double down on the helicopter parenting from now on…

*I did find the open mouse bait- it was right were I thought it would be, locked up under the sink.

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10 Comments on “And Then I Called Poison Control”

  1. 1 Liz said at 1:59 pm on October 1st, 2012:

    I've called the before too, but I'm glad it had a logical conclusion in the end. 🙂
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  2. 2 erinclot said at 2:07 pm on October 1st, 2012:

    The mouse bait theory was completely illogical (what would the chances be that all three of them were gnawing on mouse bait?), but I've learned never to discount anything when it comes to these boys. Toddler boys can really pull out the crazy!

  3. 3 Jamie H said at 2:11 pm on October 1st, 2012:

    One day I looked at my daughter's poop and swore she was having rectal bleeding! It looked like it had a ton of red blood it in! I then remembered that she was eating a lot of carrots lately. Upon further inspection, yes, her poop had carrot chunks, not blood in it.

  4. 4 erinclot said at 2:25 pm on October 1st, 2012:

    I feel like I should be past the poop inspection phase by now!

  5. 5 Tara said at 2:42 pm on October 1st, 2012:

    Love it!! 🙂 So glad they didn't eat the mouse bait! and so glad it was just the fruit loops – and i get weird colored poop when i eat regular fruit loops too! 🙂

  6. 6 Jenna said at 6:08 pm on October 1st, 2012:


  7. 7 Atwater Historical Society said at 9:20 pm on October 1st, 2012:

    Thank goodness it wasn't the mouse bait!

  8. 8 aapcc said at 9:32 am on October 2nd, 2012:

    Glad that you thought to call the Poison Help Line. Like we always say: when in doubt, check it out! Just a little FYI for everyone else – you can call anytime 24/7/365 at 1-800-222-1222. A lot of people shy away from calling because they're embarrassed or think they may be judged. There's no reason to be embarrassed and the experts don't judge, they're just there to help! Best wishes everyone!

  9. 9 kellyatlovewell said at 1:29 pm on October 5th, 2012:

    So funny! I'm dying here. DYING!

    The green poop is always a trigger for wonderment, isn't it?

    I had a moment – as an adult, mind you – when I ate half a vat of Red Vines in one sitting. (It was a Sunday afternoon. My husband was out of town. I was mindlessly watching TV.) The next day, I was sure I was dying of cancer because of all the "blood" in the toilet.

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  10. 10 Amanda said at 2:08 pm on November 10th, 2014:

    Googling ''green poop in infant'' brought me here, which I am thrilled about, same situation and worry, low & behold, I seen this picture and was brought to your post via google, same culprit causing a green diaper for my daughter! Fruit loops almost cost me a hefty $200 ER visit.

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