Kids and Spit

I’ve been teaching my almost two year old boy how to blow, choke and spit. All of these are important. He can blow on his food if it’s too hot…and he does. He will also choke up his food if he hasn’t chewed it properly and then may rechew it later. Yes, he has done that more than once because he was excited when he was eating. Spitting is mainly for brushing teeth. However it can be a lifesaver too.

So, today, I received a package in the mail with stuff I ordered from a company that sells environmentally friendly body lotions, shower gels, makeup, etc. I had ordered a bunch of soap based products. My boy likes to open the boxes we get in the mail. So, he was into the stuff pretty quick. I thought that there was an inner seal on the tubes and bottles, but I was still watching him just in case. In the blink of an eye, he bit the lid to open it and it opened all right. Out came the soap and into his mouth it went. He was squeezing the bottle so of course the soap came out once the lid was popped open.

I went over to him and told him to spit it out. He was about to try to swallow it even though it tasted awful. Realizing he had the option to spit it out instead, he spit it out really well. After wiping it from his mouth, I then proceeded to tell him the dangers of not listening to mom about chewing on soap products. I then went and got him some water to dilute the remnants of the soap in his mouth. He drank it readily because I told him it was to get rid of the soap in his mouth.

Even though the soap most likely would not have made him ill, I’m still glad that he could spit it out. He had actually just learned to spit quite recently. So glad I thought to teach him early. Saved me some worry.