Darian Depreta, the mother, wrote that she noticed an unusual mark on the roof of daughter Bella’s mouth.
“I try wiping it to see if it would come off, and it didn’t,” she wrote on Facebook.
When she went to the doctor’s office, a nurse practitioner attempted to remove it, but it didn’t go away.
“She decides to consult with the doctors and they suggest maybe a birthmark,” Depreta said.
After some deliberation, “I’m now being told that my daughter will be set up with 2 specialists. After insisting it wasn’t a birthmark on the roof of her mouth, the NP decided to take another look at this medical mystery,” she continued.
The nurse then noticed that it was “a little white” on the side of the mark. That’s when the nurse really got in there, “trying to scrape it” away, she added.
“ONLY TO FIND OUT IT WAS CARDBOARD FROM A BOX BELLA CHEWED STUCK TO THE ROOF OF HER MOUTH,” the woman wrote.
Mum who took daughter to GP for a dark mark in her mouth embarrassed to discover it’s just cardboard
— Metro Lifestyle (@MetroUK_Life) June 1, 2019
Depreta noted that her daughter could have choked on it, but she is “thanking God she did not. The only reason it was posted was because after crying, panicking and trying to figure out what it was (the doctors didn’t even know) , she was ok. The laugh was after the storm of it all.”
Her daughter, she said, is teething and likes to chew on everything.
“She just so happened to find a box while I was loading the dishwasher , which I of course took off of her right away. I just didn’t realize a piece got stuck up there. I checked her mouth for small pieces right away,” the mother said.
The post has since been liked by tens of thousands of people. Some parents shared their own reactions with similar issues.
One wrote: “I insisted my son had a nasty cavity after discovering a huge black spot in his molar that I could no remove with anything. It was a strawberry seed.”
Another stated: “I put my daughter in the car last week and all of a sudden I see some red liquid coming out of her hand. I thought she had a gushing wound and freaked out. It was a melted crayon.”
According to WebMD, most babies begin to teethe between four and seven months old. However, some start much later.
Symptoms aren’t the same for every child, but they can have swollen gums, crying and fussiness, a higher temperature, wanting to chew on things, drooling, and changes in sleeping patterns, the website says.