Flipping Disgusting!

Sarah - posted on 05/19/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )

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So, I took my 20 month old son to the park this morning & while we were playing, I noticed a big pile of what looked like dried up vomit. Freaking gross. Obviously I made sure my son stayed away from that nastiness.

Then a woman came up with her daughter & we started chit chatting while my son played close by me. I literally turned my back for 2 f-ing seconds, and when I turned around he's freaking TOUCHING the vomit. I flipped out, grabbed him up, and wet wiped his hands. I usually carry a bottle of purel or something with me, but I didn't have any this time. As soon as I wet wiped his hands, of course he goes and rubs his face. Uggghhhh!!! He also has a small cut on his finger, but I'm not sure if the puke got on it.

We hurried home as fast as we could & I bathed him as soon as I got in the door. Be honest, should I worry about my son catching something serious? What are the odds of the puke having AIDS or hepatitis in it or something? What if he got it in his cut? Am I freaking out for nothing? Just tell me I'm crazy...it won't hurt my feelings. Trust me!

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Isobel - posted on 05/19/2011

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I could be wrong, but if it was dried up my guess is that you're probably not catching any live viruses from it. I would be grossed out but I don't think I'd be fearing for my child's life.

Katherine - posted on 05/19/2011

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HIV, unlike most viruses has to be within a host or culture at a temperature of 98.6 degrees give or take only a degree or two. Outside of the body, the virus dies within minutes without the temperature necessary for its survival. It, unlike many of its virus cousins, does not have the ability to go into a spore state and "shut down" until another viable host comes along. Its cell walls begin to deteriorate within minutes after leaving its host..... this is why it cannot be transmitted with a kiss or a hug, but only through sexual intercourse or shared IV use, usually associated with drug use where needles are passed from one person to another before the virus had a chance to expire.....

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_long_does_...

Sharon - posted on 05/19/2011

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yeah there are contagions in vomit.

Viral gastroenteritis is transmitted from person to person. Viruses are present in the stool and vomit of people who are infected. Infected people may contaminate surfaces, objects, food, and drinks with viruses, especially if they do not wash their hands thoroughly after using the bathroom. When an infected person with unwashed hands shakes hands with or touches another person, the virus can spread. When an infected person vomits, the virus can become airborne.

People may be infected with viruses by

•touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching their mouths
•sharing food, drink, or eating utensils with infected people
•eating foods that are contaminated with the virus, such as oysters from contaminated waters
•swallowing airborne particles that contain viruses
Norovirus is especially contagious. Norovirus can survive for months on surfaces that are not thoroughly disinfected with a bleach solution. Hard surfaces should be cleaned with a mixture of 2 cups of bleach and 1 gallon of water.

Infected people who do not have symptoms can still transmit viruses. Viruses may be present in the stool up to 2 weeks after a person recovers from gastroenteritis.

Outbreaks of viral gastroenteritis can occur in households, childcare settings, schools, nursing homes, cruise ships, camps, dormitories, restaurants, and other places where people gather in groups. People who suspect they were exposed to a virus in one of these settings may want to contact a local health department that tracks viral gastroenteritis outbreaks.

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JuLeah - posted on 05/19/2011

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Well, you don't know for sure it was vomit. You can't catch AIDS or HIV in that way. I doubt you have anything to worry about. The human body, when healthy, is designed to keep out such contaminates.

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Bonnie - posted on 05/19/2011

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It sounds disgusting, but I wouldn't worry too much about it. I think there are worse things he could have come in contact with. Maybe afterall it was not vomit!?

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After reading all the responses I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that wouldn't freak out. ;) Gross, for sure, but I'd probably just wash the kid up and not think about it again.

I wouldn't consider it TOO much worse than chicken poop or cigarette butts..... lol and ew....

Sneaky - posted on 05/19/2011

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I wouldn't be too worried about dry vomit - you know that saying 'five second rule', I remember seeing a medical show that did some experiments that showed the transfer of bacteria from one object to another (like from dry vomit to hand) actually takes 20 seconds or more (I could be wrong - it might have even been longer than that).

I would have been more worried if it had been WET.

I still would have been horrified of course. Screaming, in tears, hysterical with disgust horrified.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/19/2011

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Gross. Odds are he is perfectly fine of course, but it's good you called the doctor to make yourself feel better.

Suddenly the cigarette butt my daughter picked up at the park today doesn't look quite so bad. Why kids, why????

Katie - posted on 05/19/2011

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you should take him to the doctor to ease your mind, but I don't think you need to worry about AIDS. From what I know it would be super unlikely if not impossible for the virus to survive outside the body especially in something like dried vomit. The virus is fairly fragile when it comes to temperature changes and it doesn't tend to live outside the body for long, especially when it isn't kept moist. I am no doctor though! But kids will be kids and they do super gross things sometimes. I am sure he's fine. Good luck!

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Yep your right Sharon if blood is in the vomit, you can catch it.Most times there wouldn't be enough in the vomit to infect a person.Then again you can never be to careful.So better safe than sorry i always say.Talk to a doctor.

Sarah - posted on 05/19/2011

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Thanks Ashley...I may give his doc a call...especially to put my mind at ease.

Sarah - posted on 05/19/2011

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Thanks for the info Sharon. :) I have a degree in Health and I'm working on getting my certificate in Medical Transcription...so I think my issue is that I know TOO much. I don't know how in the world I'm able to stay sane anymore.

@April - ugghh that sucks!! That totally sounds like something my son would do. It's hard to keep up with these toddlers when they are into EVERYTHING! Including week old chicken & someone else's vomit!

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Yes you can catch disease from vomit.
Most likely he has not but i would take him to the doctor.Your doctor will advise you what to do next/whats best to do.If anything.

April - posted on 05/19/2011

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i don't know if your son can catch anything serious from it, but anything is possible. i probably would have done the same as you. something similar happened a few days ago when i went for a walk with my son, 2. it happened to be garbage day and one of crows had been digging through our trash can. We had some week old chicken in there, which the crow had successfully removed from the can, plastic bag and all. What does my son do? After the crow has nibbled on it, he picks it up and nearly tries to eat it! I smacked his hand to get the chicken out and rushed in the house to wash his hands with 2 different kinds of soap!

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