MR. YUK is mean, MR. YUK is green.

  1. When my children were infants(30 years ago) someone invented these great stickers that discouraged them from touching anything they should not touch. It was really effective, but I have not seen or heard anything about old Mr. YUK in years. I wonder if he is still around and where I could get some stickers if he is. I have an infant grandchild now and have to worry about the same things I worried about many years ago. As you can see I still remember the MR. YUK jingle.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   RN-PA
    I just did a Google search and found this, but have no idea how current it is:

    http://www.chp.edu/mryuk/05a_mryuk.php

    Near the bottom it says:

    To request a sheet of Mr. Yuk stickers, please send a self-addressed stamped business size envelope and a $1 donation to:

    Mr. Yuk
    Pittsburgh Poison Center
    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    3705 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2583
  4. by   pattyjo
    Quote from oramar
    When my children were infants(30 years ago) someone invented these great stickers that discouraged them from touching anything they should not touch. It was really effective, but I have not seen or heard anything about old Mr. YUK in years. I wonder if he is still around and where I could get some stickers if he is. I have an infant grandchild now and have to worry about the same things I worried about many years ago. As you can see I still remember the MR. YUK jingle.
    LOL, Oramar! As soon as I saw the intro line on your post, I found myself singing the jingle! I see RN-PA has already responded as to where to get them, and I know that is where I have gotten some in the past. If I am not mistaken, I believe it was one of the docs at Children's that designed the stickers.
    Thanks for the walk down memory lane!
    And btw, I think your sig. line is the best!
    Patty
  5. by   memphispanda
    Please consider carefully before using something like Mr. Yuk to try to discourage kids from getting into poisons. The cutesy jingles and so forth may have the opposite effect.
    http://www.in.gov/fssa/children/bcd/...mryuk0304.html
  6. by   oramar
    Back in the 60s in Pittsburgh there used to be a lot of child deaths due to poisoning. After Mr. YUK was introduced along with an aggressive anti poisoning campaign the deaths fell to ZERO and stayed there for many years. The stickers worked like a charm at my house and if I can find them I will use them. I say they work in combination with responsible adult supervision and reinforcement. I spent a lot of time explaining them to my kids. We never had so much as one incident at my house.
  7. by   pghfoxfan
    Mr yuk is mean
    Mr yuk is Green
    When you see him stop and think
    Things mark Yuk make you sick
    Sick sick sick
    sick sick sick

    Mr Yuk is mean
    Mr yuk is Green

    See, I think I still remember it! LOL

    Actually, my kids old Pediatrician helped invent the sticker.
    My kids are 12 and 16 and we still call our medicine cupboard the "Mr Yuk cupboard"! Now the stickers are long gone off of it, but the name has stuck.
  8. by   AmyRNin06
    Not the OP, but thanks for sharing that link! My parents used the stickers when I was little and I knew to stay FAR away from the labeled items. I'd like to order some to use with my own kids.
    I cloth diaper my 18mo son and have a diaper cover with Mr. Yuk's pic on the butt.
  9. by   LittleCatB
    Quote from oramar
    When my children were infants(30 years ago) someone invented these great stickers that discouraged them from touching anything they should not touch. It was really effective, but I have not seen or heard anything about old Mr. YUK in years. I wonder if he is still around and where I could get some stickers if he is. I have an infant grandchild now and have to worry about the same things I worried about many years ago. As you can see I still remember the MR. YUK jingle.
    I found something on e-bay!!! It's a Mr Yuk memory game...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW

    or use this URL
    http://tinyurl.com/3d9jb

    If that's not what exactly you want just keep searching ebay for "Mr Yuk" every week or so and I'll bet you'll find it eventually..
    Bethany
  10. by   NeuroICURN
    I LOVED those things!

    I also stayed away from anything with the Mr Yuk stickers. My son is 9 now and knows better, but I think I'm gonna have to get some just for the heck of it!!!

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.....and thanks for getting the jingle stuck in my head now! Ugh!!! :chuckle
  11. by   Energizer Bunny
    I got some in the mail from somewhere once and my kids used them to decorate the house before I could get them on things. I keep everything up high but I do want to get some stickers for them. Thanks for the info.
  12. by   pattyjo
    Quote from memphispanda
    Please consider carefully before using something like Mr. Yuk to try to discourage kids from getting into poisons. The cutesy jingles and so forth may have the opposite effect.
    http://www.in.gov/fssa/children/bcd/...mryuk0304.html
    Interesting link. I remember when parents used to try to get their kids to take medicine by calling it candy! Imagine that disaster in the making. When the Mr. Yuk campaign started (late 60's, early 70's?) the people working on the project tested out various warning type labels to see what kids would shy away from. The traditional skull and cross bones poison label was *attractive* to kids, with the whole pirate connotation. (And I would guess in Pittsburgh it was doubly attractive, as that is the baseball team) Your warning though is a point well taken, you can never be too cautious.
    Patty
  13. by   CoffeeRTC
    You can get them at a Giant Eagle pharmacy!...They always give them out when they have health fairs and stuff... I just got a load of them when they were at the Pirate Fest this year. They also have a coloring book about Poison control..my little one had a lesson in preschool about Mr YUK and brought some home....They are still out there and local...

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