Today I was really grateful for the extra change of clothes that I had stashed in the diaper bag for my 3 year old.
We were driving happily along to the Y for a spin class (my favorite exercise) after a happy morning at home. Out of the blue, my son says "My belly hurts", quickly followed by "I think I'm going to throw up." I was so shocked that I had trouble responding. Finally I managed to pull of the side of the road and catch most of the mess in a big plastic lid (I just happened to have 5 gallon tubs in the van, ready for a consignment sale).
Yuck. I was 15 minutes from the house, in the middle of nowhere with puke all over my crying son. :( In case it ever happens to you, here's the best action plan I could think of:
- Remove clean toys and books from the area. Put dirty toys and books on the ground.
- Wipe down the child with baby wipes and kleenex (or whatever you have in the car)
- Take the child out of the carseat, and take off his soiled clothes (leaving them on the ground).
- Redress the child and fasten him into another seatbelt. (I just happened to have an extra booster seat in the car, so that was convenient)
- Comfort the child with soft words, a CD, or a movie (I just happened to have our portable DVD player in the car, so that was a lifesaver!!)
- Wipe down the infected area with napkins/wipes as much as possible and put all soiled clothes, toys, books... into a bag/box.
- I couldn't find a hose to clean the lid at the house where we stopped (and no one was home), so I just had to turn it upside down and wipe it on the grass (not so lovely!), then we stopped by a store to rinse it off with their hose.
- Once home, I gave the car a thorough cleaning with rug cleaner and lysol.
- an extra set of clothes for your kiddos - you never know when you'll need them - from spilled milk (2 weeks ago at a restaurant) to a puddle of water at the end of the slide (last fall) to a potty training accident (last week).
- napkins, rags, or paper towels to clean up messes
- a plastic bag - for whatever!