All of this started on Thursday. My mom watches my two kids (ages 2.5 and 2 months) at our apartment while my husband and I work. Before I left home I put a box with a food processor (gift for xmas) on a burner on the stove. I must have accidentally switched the burner onto high because about thirty minutes after leaving my mom called me to tell me that the box burned right through and part of the base of the food processor had burned, too. My mom said the smell wasn't too bad and she and my kids stayed at home the whole day. My husband got home at 4 and the smell of burnt plastic was horrific. He opened the sliding glass door and had a box fan going. The smell was still horrible when I got home and by 7p I had everything packed for all of us to stay at hotel overnight. I was TERRIFIED the burning plastic was going to harm my kids so we stayed overnight at a hotel down the street. At about 9 that night my 2 month old spit up like crazy. It was like spewing out of her and really scared us. I called the pediatrician's nurse line and explained everything that happened to them. They even got poison control on the line and poison control said it was probably not because of the burnt plastic. I relaxed a little bit until 4 in the morning when my 2 year old woke up and threw up everywhere. He threw up again about an hour after that and then seemed okay. I still called the ped nurse line back and once again talked to poison control. They said it was most likely a stomach bug.
By the time we got home the smell in the apartment was a lot better but we could definitely still smell burnt plastic. My 2 month old spit up a ton again in the car on the way home so I called the nurse again. I got an appointment for both of the kids that afternoon. Went to the doctor and the doctor said the same thing -probably a stomach bug. When we got home both kids got sick again. After that they didn't have good appetites but didn't get sick again until just this afternoon, 24 hours later. My two month old is acting a little more tired than usual and my two year old is really crabby and just laying around, which he NEVER does. I can't help but freak out that they're sick from the plastic and not a stomach bug. Rationally, I know it's probably not the case because the stomach virus is rampant right now, plus both of them have had random diarrhea for the past couple of weeks. My two year old also threw up last weekend once and had diarrhea that same day. The two year old was also really gassy Thursday night before getting sick for the first time. He still kind of is now.
Someone reassure me. I'm an absolute WRECK right now and am thinking the absolute worst about them breathing in that stupid burnt plastic smell all day. My cat was in the apartment, too, and she seems fine other than a lot of sneezing, which could be her feline herpes acting up. My mom is also fine and says she didn't even get a headache on Thursday from the smell.
HELP before I have a total panic attack! :'''''(.