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    Default Puking vs. potty-training -- a restaurant debate

    You're in a restaurant having lunch, holding your toddler in your lap, when he starts vomiting. You head quickly for the one-and-only restroom, which you know is open because you just saw someone come out. Another mom *runs* past you with her own toddler and gets to the restroom first. You say, "My son is throwing up, please let me in." She says, "Sorry, mine is potty training," and tries to close the door on you. What do you do?

    This happened to me yesterday. I grabbed some paper towels & stepped back out into the restaurant, and tried to keep the puking contained to my shirt. I was hoping the mom in the bathroom would hurry, but nope. Another mom brought me some napkins, and then I just grabbed my diaper bag & left. My DH asked why I didn't just push my way into the restroom, and I said, "Because her little girl is potty-training, imagine how traumatic that might be for her to have someone throwing up right there next to her." But then again, having a kid throwing up next to you while eating lunch would probably be pretty traumatic, too, and it affected a lot more people.
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    I guess there's really nothing to do except get p*ssed about it, which I would. I must say though, I've never been to a restaurant that didn't have more than one stall...
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    I don't know. Kind of a lose lose situation.

    It wouldn't have helped matters if the other kids had pooped or peed their pants.

    Was there a men's washroom? Because I would have been in there without hesitation.

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    Let your child puke on the floor right outside the bathroom door so when the mom came out she would step in it?

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    Puking wins over potty training any day.
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    Puking can go in a trash can, potty training has to be done with a toilet. I'm surprised none of the servers tried to help you out. Hope he's feeling better.

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    This restaurant only has one unisex restroom. I've never thought twice about having to wait for a minute or two for someone to finish. Until yesterday, that is!

    When Tiven was potty-training, I never left the house without this: http://citikids.com/store/shop_produ...C=088161311753 It was a lifesaver in so many situations! If a restroom was too filthy, or someone wasn't coming out & she *had* to go, or in places where there just was no toilet. It can be set up in about 30 seconds, anywhere, anytime. The more I think about it, the more I'm really ticked off at the other mom. Even if her kid had pooped or peed in her pants, surely that would have been far less messy than puke all over, and far less distracting & disgusting to other diners?

    My first thought was food poisoning, since the only thing coming up was apple juice & Weston tends to leave sippies lying around the house, but it turns out he probably has Rotavirus even though he's been vaccinated.
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    Jason got that. The smell is horrible. Thar's how they knew it was rtvs despite his being vaacinated. I.would'nt have let you in. If Im running it's because I need to. I would have assumed the other mother would find a trash can.

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    I'm going to say that having pee all over the place and having puke all over the place are both undesirable. And yes, well puke is less desirable than pee, both are undesire-able enough that the bathroom is first come first serve. And I would imagine whoever got their second would be irritated because no one wants to be the one stuck with an awful mess.

    And i think there is something to be said for the fact that other things can contain puke (large cup, trash can, bowl), while containing a pee accident isn't quite as easy. Containing puke without a toilet will by no means be perfect though.

    I think if i had my wits about me, i'd try to get outside the building for my child to finish the puking if i could. But I may not do that when i have to think fast.

    Unfortunate event. I hate barf. Hope your kiddo is feeling better!

    ETA: I do think she should have tried to be fast though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wlillie View Post
    I would have assumed the other mother would find a trash can.
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    Puking can go in a trash can.
    Seriously? What restaurants do you eat in that have trash cans sitting around handy for anyone to use? I can't think of a single restaurant I've been in for the past year that has one out in the dining area. Trash cans are kept in the kitchen, or in the rest room, as they should be. And I have to say, as a diner, sitting near a trash can would disgust me! Yuck!

    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    And i think there is something to be said for the fact that other things can contain puke (large cup, trash can, bowl), while containing a pee accident isn't quite as easy. Containing puke without a toilet will by no means be perfect though.
    I had no large cup, no large bowl, no trash can. He was pretty much just puking all over my shirt since I was holding his head to keep him from turning sideways. I wasn't heading to the restroom so much to get the puke into the toilet, so much as to prevent other diners from being grossed out while he finished.
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