Read the Health Business Blog and save your day care business

From MSNBC (Woman Shuts Daycare Down After Children Drink Windshield Fluid)

A Scott [Arkansas] woman has voluntarily turned over her license and shut her daycare down after children there were accidentally served windshield wiper fluid to drink.

10 children, ages 2 to 7, drank the windshield wiper fluid on Thursday afternoon, according to DHS,but fortunately, no one was seriously injured. One child was kept in a local hospital overnight for monitoring.

DHS spokesperson Julie Munsell says the windshield wiper fluid was accidentally misplaced inside Bynum’s refrigerator. Munsell says Bynum then served it to the children thinking that it was a fruit drink.

But if she’d been a reader of the Health Business Blog she not only would have worried about putting antifreeze in her refrigerator but she would have a policy of never serving antifreeze-colored drinks. (See Time to ban “Glycol-ade”?)

Now might be a good time to bring back the taboo on funny colored drinks. One reason antifreeze comes in bright blue and green colors is so people will recognize it as poison and not drink it. This week, a man was charged with poisoning his wife by pouring antifreeze into her Gatorade. If that’s really what happened, the bright blue or green colored flavors would have made it easier to disguise.

It might be time to ban antifreeze colored drinks on public health grounds.

The one anonymous comment was:

Not sure about that one. Can’t ban colors because someone “might get poisoned”.

The next time you read an anonymous comment like that you might wonder why the person doesn’t want to attach their name to the comment.

Thanks to Mickey.

March 16, 2009

7 thoughts on “Read the Health Business Blog and save your day care business”

  1. Couldn’t this person read the front of the bottle where it clearly says ANTIFREEZE?

    For heaven’s sake–how long has Mountain Dew been on the market? That’s an antifreeze-colored drink!

    I don’t think drink color is the problem here–I think it’s good old-fashioned illiteracy.

    Speaking of colors, I have yet to see a blue antifreeze. And did anybody take SMELL into account? Antifreeze doesn’t particularly smell good, while antifreeze-colored drinks smell sweet like candy.

  2. According to the NIH’s page about “Windshield washer fluid”, “Windshield washer fluid is a brightly colored liquid made of methanol, a poisonous alcohol. Some young children may mistake the fluid for juice, which can lead to accidental poisoning.” Many windshield washer fluids also contain propylene glycol, a common ingredient in antifreeze, and many people use the term antifreeze to mean either the fluid for the engine or the solution for spraying on the windows (both fluids are mean to prevent freezing).

    The fact that the NIH has a special page about such accidents indicates that it is a recurrent problem, and any company that is blurring the distinction between drinks and car fluids is contributing to the problem and likely to be killing people out of a desire to make their product look more interesting.

  3. I almost never leave a response, however i did some searching and wound up here Read the Health Business Blog and save your day care business » Health Business Blog. And I do have a couple of questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be only me or does it look like a few of the comments look as if they are coming from brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are posting on additional online social sites, I would like to keep up with anything new you have to post. Could you make a list of all of your social pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

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