Yesterday, I went with my ex and our children to his parents' house for Easter brunch. Our 6 month old infant was also with us. His mother has a little Maltese dog. My ex has said before that he doesn't think children should be around that dog because it has bitten every child that's been in his mother's house. I have also expressed that I do not want the dog too close to my infant son.
Well, they let the dog not only get close to the baby, but my ex's mother was encouraging the dog to lick the baby's hands and toes. I said, "please not his hands or face." Baby's dad was holding him and seemed to have the dog under control, so I tried not to freak out. After all, I was the stranger in their house and didn't want to seem overbearing. Well, my ex's mother would not let up on egging on that dog. She was kissing the baby's toes to show the dog how to do it - it was really freaking me out.
When the licking session was over, I grabbed a baby wipe and wiped off my son's feet and hands because he was starting to put his own dog-saliva covered toes to his mouth. Well, my ex got upset over me doing that. He said something to the effect of his other kids being licked by dogs and nothing bad happening. I don't understand why he's got a change of heart now after saying before that the dog has a history of biting children. Not to mention the fact that dogs' saliva can carry bacteria that can make people (especially babies and the elderly and the already sick) very ill.
My baby boy had diarrhea last night and twice today. I called the Boys Town hotline for advice. I called my grandmother for advice. I've done research on dogs licking children. And it looks like I have every right to protect my child from germs and potential bites. Why are my ex and his mother so careless about my son being exposed to what this dog may have or do? It was like an attack on me (for previous requests to keep dog away from baby) at the expense of my baby's health.
Now that baby has diarrhea, I'm scared it's due to the germs the dog had. I will get him checked out if it continues tomorrow, for sure, but he has a six month check-up on Friday and will at least bring up the dog issue then. Please, fellow mom's, am I overreacting? My gut tells me I'm not. How do I approach them about this when they blatantly disregard my requests?
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