A North Carolina mom’s Facebook post is going viral all because of an unusual black mark that was found on her baby’s palate. Could the mysterious dark patch be a sign of necrotic skin lesions? The understandably concerned mom rushed her daughter to a doctor only to discover it was a false alarm.
In late May, Darian Depreta was playing with her baby daughter, Bella, when she noticed a huge, strange black mark on the roof of her mouth. Panicked, the mom of two attempted to wipe the mark off but in vain.
“I try wiping it to see if it would come off, and it didn’t,” Depreta recounted the incident on Facebook. Worrying it could be a sign of a serious health issue, she made an appointment with the doctor immediately.
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“I get to the doctors and the Nurse Practitioner tried to wipe it, and said she had never seen anything like it. She decides to consult with the doctors and they suggest maybe a birthmark. I INSISTED it was not because I always look in her mouth and clean it,” the mom wrote.
After Depreta insisted it wasn’t a birthmark, the worried mother was told that her daughter would be set up with two specialists to determine what the problem was. Then, the nurse took another look at the sinister-looking mark.
“I point out it looks a little white on the side and she really gets in there trying to scrape it,” Depreta further explained on her post about the black spot. Upon investigation, the nurse found out what the mysterious medical condition Bella was suffering from was.
Shockingly, the black mark was found to be a piece of cardboard.
It turned out Bella had chewed on a box, and a cardboard piece got stuck to the roof of her mouth. Thankfully, the piece didn’t get lodged in Bella’s throat, and the baby didn’t choke on it.
Depreta clarified she doesn’t allow her baby to chew on cardboard. “She’s teething and tries to chew on EVERYTHING,” the mom explained. “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 discovery left Depreta feeling relieved and mortified at the same time. “I can never show my face in that office again. I cried/laughed for a solid 5 minutes straight,” she wrote. “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.”
Depreta’s post has spread like wildfire on social media, racking up more than 31,000 reactions and over 18,000 shares.
Any parent with a teething baby will understand Depreta’s experience. One mother shared: “Don’t feel bad! I insisted that Rush had a nasty cavity after I discovered a huge black spot back in his molar that I absolutely could not get out with anything I scraped it with. Turns out it was a strawberry seed.”
“I was putting my daughter in the car a few years ago and she put her finger in the door handle where there was a red melted crayon and asked me ‘what was that?’ I completely freaked out like there was a hatchet wound on her finger that was gushing blood all over the door. My reaction was as dramatic as possible!” another recalled.
"I can never show my face in that office again. I cried/laughed for a solid 5 minutes straight."
According to WebMD, most babies begin to teethe between 4 and 7 months old, with some starting much later. The symptoms may include swollen and tender gums, fussiness and crying, a slightly raised temperature (less than 101 degrees Fahrenheit or 38.3 degrees centigrade), wanting to chew on hard things, excessive drooling, and changes in eating or sleeping patterns.
“Teething can be painful, but it doesn’t usually make babies sick,” the website states.
We are glad it was a false alarm for Depreta! Are you a parent to a teething baby? What are some of the funny or terrifying teething experiences that you’ve encountered?