OliverI pondered as to whether I should write this or not. What happened yesterday was pretty upsetting. Ultimately I concluded it was for the best to write it down. Might help another mother who takes her eyes off her child for one split milisecond.

Oliver is a toddler who has never, literally ever, put anything in his mouth (besides food and a dummy before he hit 15 months)-not tops of pens or toy cars or lego or anything.  Nada. Yesterday as my mother and I tucked into our jacket potatoes and beans and Oliver his pasta in a coffee shop,  Oliver took the lid off his kids’ size bottle of apple juice and put the whole piece in his mouth. We realised immediately and I will never forget him gagging.

It was a large enough top to stay in his mouth as opposed to him swallowing it, and I calmly and quickly removed it. My Mum said her legs were about to go.

It was awful. In one second he had placed a large bottle top in his mouth. It could happen to anyone and I’m sure it has. I definitely won’t be relying on the old, ‘he’s never put anything in his mouth before’-yes he is striving for independence, yes some days, he seems to have a wider vocabulary than me, but he’s still a little boy. A little 2 and 2 month old boy who can sometimes do silly things that can (but thankfully) didn’t, have horrible consequences.

Lesson learned for both of us.

 

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18 Responses

  1. (Mostly) Yummy Mummy

    Arghhh! Every parents worst nightmare and these things happen literally in the blink of an eye. Can’t imagine what a heart in the mouth moment it must have been for you but so pleased everything okay xx

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    • honestmum

      @(Mostly)Yummy Mummy thank you for your lovely comment. It was a real shock-just so releived he’s fine and now considering a first aid course xxx

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  2. Susan Mann

    Hugs that is scary, I remember my boys choking and giving swift pats on the back to get it up. I’ve done a first aid course for infants and it has given me great peace of mind. x

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  3. Jen aka The Mad House

    I am so pleased nothing bad happened, but yes, Mini was always putting things in his mouth and my pediatric first aid course was the best thing I ever attended

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    • honestmum

      @Jen and Susan thanks for the tips-might have to look into a first aid course, sounds very reassuring to know the best way to handle infant problems. Thank you x

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  4. Brian

    Joe is great….i luurrrvvv him so much i want to explode….He looks like James Corden at the moment…..so his sometimes nickname is Little Smithy. He’s got a really bad cough at the moment….but he’s good. Sure he said ‘Dada’ this week…..that was a moment.

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    • honestmum

      @Brian too cute. Daddy is the easiest word to pronounce so sure he did. So funny he resembles James Corden. Too cute.

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  5. Brian

    Since Joe came along I’ve realized the kinds of worry/ concerns and incidents you’ve mentioned are now part of my day to day life. Already I’m worrying about the time when myself and Sarah will have to leave him in someone Else’s charge for a few hours a day….how the hell does that work??

    For 7 months he has not slept through once much to our dismay….then last week he did….but it’s no good, because if he doesn’t wake up, i have to then get up to check he’s alright…you can’t win.

    Glad Oliver is OK….i dread the day when that happens to Joe…and I’m sure it will.

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    • honestmum

      @Brian how is lovely little Joe? Not so little now I bet. Parenthood is a scary thing isn’t it but all these things are weirdly rights of passage. Survival and the like! Oliver has been seeing Doug at the Goodhealth Centre and he has helped him so much-sleeping so much better. Thanks for commenting.

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  6. Babes about Town

    Wow so sorry to hear this, what a shock you must have got and very glad you were able to rescue the situation in time. Kids really are a risky business, take your eyes off the ball for a split second and… Sending you hugs and yes, definitely a post worth sharing x

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  7. Icklebabe

    Oh god you poor thing! I had a similar experience with Milly when she was Oliver’s age, it was terrifying. U just dwell on how close they can be to “not being here ” Took me a few hours and glasses of wine to get over too, so glad he’s okay xxx

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    • honestmum

      @icklebabe thanks lovely-it’s awful isn’t it! Thanks for sharing your experience. It can happen to the best of us x

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    • honestmum

      @Kate thanks chick, was not nice at all. No more bottle tops in this house or small toys or anything fittable in a small mouth!!! x

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  8. julesey10

    Calebs the same. Never put anything in his mouth until last week he’s started putting his bob the builder cones and boulders in his mouth and walking around with them in there. Subsequently they’re gone out his playset. Toy says over 3s but I can’t trust him with it now. 🙁 glad Mr O is ok. Hugs. Xx

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    • honestmum

      @julesey10 thanks for your comment lovely. It’s scary how quickly they change isn’t it. Funny how they have both started doing this too at the same time. So many of his toys have gone into storage now as can’t trust him either. Thanks for your support. Was pretty awful episode yesterday. Wanted to cry but held it all in to be strong for him. Vx

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