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Funny question - do you wash your hands after taking drugs before you touch your children?
I have OCD and am going throgh a bad patch at the moment which centres around my taking painkillers. I have to take strong codeine drugs four times a day and am literally washing my hands hundreds of times after taking them in case I poison my two year old.
My psych said it might help me to know what NORMAL people do in this case. So mums that have to take heavy drugs - what do you do? Wash your hands once? Or not at all? You can see I have lost sight of what is 'reasonable'!
It would be very unlikely for any harm to come to your dc from you having touched a codiene tablet.
Dp is on fentanyl patches (strong opiod painkiller) that are absorbed through the skin so he does wash his hands after applying these before contact with dcs,but again it would be extremely unlikely for there to be an issue.
Have you considered putting the tablets into a little medicine pot then putting them in your mouth straight from the pot if it is causing you this much anxiety re touching the tablets?
Hi Mavis - thank you very much for replying. Good idea re tipping them in the pot. The trouble comes often when I have to take half a one (whole ones can make me ill at certain times of the month) - I worry little bits are still on my hands. I thought about asking the GP for a patch - they have suggested it in the past - but having heard your husband's experience maybe not. With a patch I would also worry about it slipping off and ds picking it up.
I take dihydracodeine and naratriptan - both strong enough to be well out of reach from DS, and handbag always hung out of reach of casual small hands. But it's never even occurred to me to wash hands after taking a dose. HTH.
You can just ping tablets from a blister pack into a pot also.(I have lots of experience doing this it IS possible Re the half tablet,could you ask the pharmacist if the tablet is supplied in a smaller dose,thus negating your need to have to chop it in half or whatever.
Re patches,they are very useful,and realistically,even if a tiny bit of residue was attached to hand,one decent handwash would remove any residue and the amount left on hands anyhow even before washing would be negligible and extremely unlikely to be enough to cause harm.
I take dihydrocodeine or co-codamol, full strength. I am a keen hand-washer (ie:always after coming home, after the loo, before eating and carry alcohol gel) and I have never washed my hands after taking tablets. Of my many nurse friends, I know they always wash their hands before giving or taking tablets, but never after.
I think I would wash my hands after taking something like Codine. Just once though. If I hadn't had to beak a pill in half and DD (21 months) was desperately needing me I wouldn't worry if I didn't have time to wash. If she was desperately needing me and I had broken a pill I'd probably just give my fingers a good suck!
The tiny bit of codine that might be on your hands after taking it wouldn't harm your DC. OCD is a bitch isn't it.
I'm a nurse for years. Wash hands of course before administering, never seen any residue after even a long medication round. Would wash after for general hygeine, that's all. (Would wash in between if touching patient as well but that's a diff issue!)
I wouldn't and haven't washed my hands after taking any drugs/medicine unless it's a creme type thing. I wash my hands frequently throughout the day (every visit to the loo, after handling food etc) so I think that my hands are clean enough.