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Microwave Says 'Child' on Display

Many brands of microwave ovens have a built in child lock that is activated if the start button is pushed several times. This is a guide about microwave says "child" on display.
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By 26 found this helpful
March 4, 2010

I suppose this is only a funny tip on dealing with your microwave without losing your mind. A couple nights ago, I innocently pushed the 'Start' button as usual, when the screen suddenly said "Child." After staring at it dumbfounded for about a minute, hubby was called in to see if I might be mis-reading it. Nope, still said "Child."

I took a photo, reset it again, and now it's back to only numbers. And no, before you ask, it does NOT say 'Potato' when I try to cook one. That's just disturbing! It's never shown letters of the alphabet before.

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Haven't a clue what it meant by that message, but I had the strangest feeling my over-used microwave just insulted me somehow. However, if it starts calling me 'Mom" I'm going back to using the stove.

By Mary from Mountain Pine, AR

Editor's Note: We did a little research and it sounds like the child lock was accidentally activated. This is usually done by hitting the start button 3 or 4 times, depending on your model.

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I had never heard of this before, so out of curiosty, I pushed the start button on my micro-wave three times. Sure enough the display said "Child". I immediatly realized I didn't know how to "undo" what I had just done. After trying a couple of things, I pushed the stop/reset button three times and the display reverted back to the clock setting. I've never read my manual and didn't even know this "child safety" feature was on my micro-wave. I guess you're never to old to learn.

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March 4, 20100 found this helpful

OMG! That is hilarious to me, but sure you were spooked by it! Can't wait to share this with friends!

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March 4, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks so much for solving the puzzle for me! I just tried it on my microwave, and you're right, 'Child' came back by pushing the Start button 3 times, and did indeed go away with three pushes of the Stop button. The microwave is my friend again, lol
Lot that I could ever have done without it. :^)

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March 4, 20100 found this helpful

Oh, that's a hoot! Thanks for the chuckle of the day!

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