Code Brown

Also found in: Idioms.
Nursing A facetious term for an incontinence-related emergency—e.g., bowel movement in bed
Public safety (1) An external emergency situation—e.g., mass casualties from a natural or man-made disaster or due to a chemical, biologic or radiologic incident—requiring the receiving hospital to prepare itself for victims
(2) Severe weather
(3) Missing adult patient
(4) Medical gas emergency
(5) Chemical spill
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My wife was alarmed and quickly looked back to the tub and saw -- for the first time since our children were born -- that there was a Code Brown in the tubby.
The moral of the story is that when the small person tells you he has stomach pain, even if it used multiple times as an excuse to avoid anything from homework to brushing his teeth, it must not be ignored, lest a code brown situation might ensue.
I've stopped holding her as if she were a ticking time bomb and I've now found the maturity to stick around when a code brown is declared in the nappy department.