Dad, Can I drink this?

Dad, Can I drink this?

The title of this blog seems, at first glance, pretty innocent. It just depends where you are when you hear it. No concerns if you are sat at the dining table enjoying a wonderful meal more concern if you are in a public toilet.


It is great that the question is asked, there is obviously some concern that needs clarification, there is also that sense of childlike adventure, the one that does not recognise danger or hazard signs.


Electrolyte based sports drinks, sodas, fizzy pop, juice and hydration powders come in a variety of flavours and colours. Products that live in the garage or under the sink come in a variety of colours as well. I imagine the taste is potentially worse. That does not stop them looking appealing to young eyes. A blue liquid in a bottle is ‘crazy berry’ flavour until proven otherwise


One will give you help with hydration, probably give you too much sugar and increase the trips to a dentist. The other could cause a trip to the hospital with severe consequences.


Accidents happen. You cannot prevent them, but you can minimise the risk of them happening.


The following list is my ideas about how to maintain safety. It is by no means complete. Please add to it make it your own.



  1. If you think your child has swallowed something poisonous, stay calm. Take the container and your child to the phone and call the Poisons Information Centre on 131 126 (24 hours a day, 7 days per week, Australia wide). Don’t wait for symptoms to appear – call straight away.


  1. Be aware of where all hazardous things are within your home. Kitchen, bathroom, laundry, bedroom, shed, garage and garden.
  2. Keep them in original containers, never pour into an old soft drink or juice bottles
  3. Keep them up high out of sight and reach.
  4. Keep them in locked boxes or cupboards
  5. Ensure any smokers are outside.
  6. Put visitors bags out of reach.
  7. Put any cleaners or chemical away immediately after use.
  8. Consider safer cleaning products (Bicarb soda and vinegar)



A question to a 5-year-old.


Why do you need to wash your hands?


“Ugghh, because of germs and coronavirus and after you poo. Silly bum bum” shouted while running towards the toilet.