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A mother has revealed she still suffers from “mum guilt” over the moment she dropped her infant son on his head, fracturing his skull.

Even though it happened a couple of years ago, this mum will never forgive herself.

Sharing on Facebook, the 26-year-old mum said she was walking from the living room to the kitchen with her baby son, Ali, in her arms, when out of nowhere he back flipped and landed on his head on the floor.

“In mere seconds, a perfectly normal day turned into an absolute nightmare,” Liz wrote online.

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“We rushed to the ER with a whimpering baby and this mama in tears.

“As a tiny, hospital band was slipped over my son’s wrist, the nurse assured us that they saw this all this time. ‘I dropped my baby once,’ she said with a sympathetic smile, “’except I dropped my baby on a concrete parking lot’.”

Liz said the nurse had seen the “crushing weight of mum-guilt” that was washing over her and tried to provide her with some comfort knowing she wasn’t the first mum to have dropped her baby.

“It didn’t relieve the feelings of failure that washed over me. To make matter worse, when the doctors called for an x-ray, they discovered the injury that I had dreaded the most — a fractured skull,” she continued.

“I felt like the world’s worst mother.”

The distraught mum said she was “angry” at herself for letting it happen and that her little boy had trusted her to protect him but she had “quite literally let him down”.

“Motherhood is full of difficult lessons, and this one felt especially tough.”

“So to all the mothers struggling with a miserable day of your own, and to the mothers fighting feelings of inadequacy and inescapable mum-guilt — you are MORE than today,” she wrote.

“Today does not define your motherhood.”

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  • Accidents do happen, especially with little ones. You should only feel guilty if you meant something to happen, which you clearly didn’t in this case.

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  • Sadly accidents happen, it’s a part of life. I hope he recovers quickly.

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  • I can understand this mums guilt, but she truly isn’t guilty !

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  • I understand her guilt, but accidents do happen.

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  • My son is very accident prone. I never stop feeling horrible at the things he does to himself. I can understand how she dropped him. They love throwing themselves backwards as hard as they can at that age.

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  • I fell from a chair once holding my baby, I cried for hours after because of the guilt

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  • I think all Mums have, at some point in time, suffered from mum-guilt and I don’t think it really ever goes away ….

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  • It must have been quite a shocking experience. :-(

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  • All mums have been there at some point when it comes to the safety of their children.

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  • I think all mums wonder at one stage or another whether they are doing the best for their child. Fortunately I never dropped my child – that would really bring on guilt.

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  • There are too many episodes of mum guilt for me to pick just one. Things from years ago stil bring tears to my eyes when I think of them. Even now, I do or doubt do things I feel guilty about after. It’s terrible

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  • I think all mothers at some point experience some form of mother guilt, I certainly havn’t forgotten the time my 2 month old baby rolled off the edge of my bed! He is now 3 and a half and strong and healthy! Babies are very resilient ( thankfully).

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