A mum has shared a disturbing series of images that captured the moment a silicone baby bowl suctioned to her daughter’s face, leaving the baby unable to breathe.
Laci Wornick, from the US, shared the horrifying incident on Facebook, to raise awareness.
“These photos are super cute … until you get to the last one I took,” she explained.
“Elliott was having breakfast and I was taking photos because she was so cute digging in, and had scrambled egg everywhere. Thank goodness I was paying attention. I had been washing dishes and cleaning the sink so I could give her a bath. Thank goodness she was only without air for a handful of seconds. This could have been terrible had I not been literally watching as it happened. And it happened so fast!”
Laci says Elliott placed her head in the bowl, and it suctioned on immediately, completely covering her face.
“The bowl was slick and greasy from her eating. When I leaned over the island to pull it off, my hands slipped off the bowl. With ever scream she made, the bowl suctioned tighter and tighter. I ran around the island and was able to dig my fingers up under the bowl to break the seal and finally free her.”
The terrified mum says she just happened to snap a photo of the incident, completely by accident.
“The last photo was unintentional. I did not pause to take a photo of her unable to breathe. I was snapping a series of photos as it happened and I immediately ran to her aid the minute I realised it had suctioned to her face.”
Laci took to Facebook to share what happened, so other parents would realise just how quickly this could happen.
“Still shaking as I post this, but I felt I needed to raise awareness regarding silicone baby bowls.
“My sweet girl- she was terrified and so shaken up. I shudder thinking of her unable to breathe in there even for the short amount of time it was. Maybe I should have already considered this a possibility, and maybe there are reports of this already that I was unaware of. I haven’t been a ‘new’ mum in many years, and my bigs didn’t have these bowls. I know I have been known to toss kitchen stuff to my babies to play with (wooden spoons, cups, Tupperware) while I’m washing dishes to keep them occupied since they like to hang down by my feet. What if I had tossed her HER bowl and I missed this happening??
“I’m so thankful she is ok. I am not though. I feel ridiculously awful that this happened, and I didn’t consider it when I decided to use these. That I didn’t yank it away the minute she brought it to her face. We will not be using these anymore!
“These are silicone baby bowls that suction to the highchair to prevent them from throwing them on the ground
They are marketed for babies who are doing baby-led weaning. As you can see, they don’t suction well (to her highchair). She lifts it off easily every time.”