Are there any adults WHO CAN open childproof locks ?

@weemam (13377)
February 17, 2007 6:13pm CST
I have the hardest time opening childproof locks on containers , I have an excuse now as I have Carpal tunnel syndrome , but even when I were younger and fitter I had problems with them , who used to open them for me ? my children of course , When My mum used to babysit my sons used to show her how to take the childproof catches off the cupboard doors lol . now are my children really extra smart or am I extra dumb lol . ( they are 44 , 41 and 26 now though that was a long time ago and of course I am a lot smarter too lol xx
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@tabyorky (281)
18 Feb 07
I had to amswer this as we have a childproof lock on the video cabinet. I was trying to open it the other night and could not do it all, so had to get my husband to do it for me. All he could do was laugh and said it's a childproof lock not an adult proof lock.
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@weemam (13377)
18 Feb 07
but then he knows you are just a big kid anyway lol xx
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
18 Feb 07
Lol yes I still have Problems with some of them to. My Son opens them for me when I have probs but of course he is an Adult now lol as Kids they where not able to open them. So your Kids must have been smart lol
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@weemam (13377)
18 Feb 07
lol gabs they still are xxxxx maybe too smart
@taramoon (742)
• Spain
18 Feb 07
LOL weeman we have a child proof gate in the kitchen i have to get my kids to open it to get in xx
@weemam (13377)
18 Feb 07
lol tara that's exactly what I meant lol , xx
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• Philippines
18 Feb 07
yeah it happened to me one time, i am trying to open a bottle of antibiotic and i hardly open it, then my nephew came and see that i am perspiring and beginning to get upset, he got the bottle from me and open it..LOL. i felt so dumb that time, kids are smarter nowadays...
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
18 Feb 07
Sorry pal but I had to laugh when I read your discussion, I think it was on That's Life where they had a bit about childproof locks, they got some children in from a local school I think they were 10 and 11, if my memory serves me right and they were given about six or eight different childproof containers and everyone of them managed to open them, they did the experiment with adults (over 21) and most of the containers couldn't be open. They made the point!!! Definitely food for thought, so next time you can't open a childproof lock, find a child to do it for you!
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@patootie (3593)
20 Feb 07
Exactly .. even my neighbours youngest grandson (about 4) can manage to open the 'push down and unscrew' type meds bottles .. I know this is true because my neighbour can't do them and he does them for her .. (always put straight into a locked cabinet tho, and she tells him he must only ever do it for his nanny, never anyone else)
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Whoever named them "childproof" locks got it wrong! They should be called "adultproof" locks. I have the worst time with some of them, especially the prescription bottles. My kids get the biggest smirks on their faces when I ask them to help me. Come to think about it, so does my hubby. The brats! LOL
• United States
18 Feb 07
sometimes I think the only ones who can open them are children I suffer from arthritus and realy have problems with them .when I get my prescriptions I aways ask for easy open tops I dont have any children living with me!
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Hehehe! What a wonderful topic. I think I can pretty much get them open, sometimes I have some trouble with them on prescriptions. I think they can be good if you ever go around young children (3 years or younger), but I believe older children (5 years or older) know that they shouldn't be in the medicines. I agree that it can be funny if you or I cannot open them because they are intended to protect, but they annoy use because we cannot open the products. If you don't have any young children around (3 or younger) I would say to get regular bottles if you get a prescription or to put the OTC in another bottle that doesn't have child proofing. Pablo
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@Celanith (2334)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Childproof medicine caps are a big joke, I too have trouble opening them but my six year old granddaughter doesn't have one bit of problem with getting it open.
• Pakistan
18 Feb 07
yes u r right i absolutely agree with u.
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@Sweetpeas (739)
• Australia
18 Feb 07
Funny you posted this discussion because Ive just asked my fiance about 10min ago to open a child proof medicine bottle for me rofl. I hope it doesnt make you dumb because then i guess it makes me dumb too lol ;).
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@CatEyes (2449)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I never used the child proofing locks for my son, I just did not need to with him or my siblings. I do of course have the problem with the pepto bismol; when you are in need of something like that and use it as often as I do, you think they would give you a option as too whether or not you want a child proof container, but nope. I have to try half a dozen time messing with the misshappen top (since I use it so much) and get mad at it. Oh well.
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
18 Feb 07
Oh dear Weemam, it is not only you that has this problem with opening childproof locks as I have the same problem with them. They are really great for making sure that when we travel with our children that they do not open the door while driving but I have a dreadful time with them. We never had childproof door on cars while I was growing up, but on door we did and I it was always easier to open these doors than the ones on the car.
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• United States
18 Feb 07
I find the childproof locks on prescription bottles really hard to open too ~ guess it's like rubbing your tummy and patting your head - that old coordination is the 1st to go! lol Try asking the pharmacy to put your meds in regular bottles. Tell them you have no children at home and you need the regular screw off tops or tab open ones. Not sure if they have them in your country, but they are popular here with the "older" generation here in the U.S.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I can but it is hard for me to do. Now that I am getting older it is getting harder to open them but I can still manage.
• United States
19 Feb 07
I can't open the stupid child proof locks either - I hate them and most kids can open them with no problem. They should change the name to Adult Proof Locks!
• China
18 Feb 07
Do not understand ,and the children do not know much about things
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
18 Feb 07
I too have noticed that the easiest way to open a "childproof" lock or cap is to ask the nearest child to do it for you. lol I used to be forever opening things like that for my grandmother as a child, and now that I'm an adult I can't seem to do it myself. Pretty darn ironic, I'd say.
@SpitFire179 (2536)
• Canada
18 Feb 07
I always used to say that things were adult proof, because i rarely met an adult who could open child proofed things. My parents had everything childproofed, pills, lighters, heck even the fridge, but, to no avail the kids could always get into all of it, and never could my parents. It's kinda funny though how hard it is for us, but a little tiny turd who can even only be 2 can get into anything. My mom once was having problems with one of her lighters, and my baby brother (He must have only been about 3ish) took it from her and showed her how to use it because of the child lock. it was funny, but definately frustrating. She expressed her frustration quite well that children could get into anything, yet adults were so limited. I guess the good thing for you now is that you may not need to many child proof things anymore since the kids are grown, but it does suck with some of the things out there that only come like that. And i'll give you a tip. I have Carpel tunnel, and i barely notice it anymore, i take a supplement called Glucosimine Sulfate. It works wonders. If you need a way around it take 2 a day and after a few weeks you should notice a huge improvement. Peace and Love Ash
@limosonia1 (1559)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I think child proof really means adult proof. My kids can open almost anything yet I always have a problem. A lot of adults that I know have problems with child proof items. I don't think were dumb it's just they are more adaptable and curious that they work at it till they get it. We just get frustrated and it just ends up being harder to open.