Two-year-old boy turns ‘lifeless’ after chewing on nicotine gum found in drawer

Two-year-old boy turns ‘lifeless’ after chewing on nicotine gum found in drawer


  A two-year-old boy was rushed to hospital as he was in a ‘lifeless’ state after accidentally chewing on nicotine gum  Tommy Balint found the chewing gum in a drawer with his older brother Ozzy, 4, while their mum was decorating the house  A terrified Sophie, 23, started to panic when the toddler began sweating and vomiting shortly after telling him to spit the gum out   Tommy was then unable to lift his arms and his eyes were rolling as he turned ‘lifeless’, reports Wales Online    His mum said: “We were redecorating my mother’s house and the boys went in the bedroom and must have just thought it was chewing gum  “It was in their mouths for a couple of minutes and the next thing Tommy starting crying and saying he had a bad belly  “Within five minutes he started being sick and within about 15 or 20 minutes he was lifeless lying on the floor He couldn’t lift his arms and his eyes were rolling.  “Luckily the next door neighbour was a first aider so he came to help He was on the phone to the ambulance and we had to lie him on the sofa flat and keep him awake ”   According to the NHS , large amounts of nicotine can prove “life threatening” to children  Symptoms of nicotine toxicity overdose or poisoning including vomiting, sweating, drowsiness, shaking, confusion and seizures  Sophie, from Port Talbot, Wales, said: “The first aiders were there within 15 minutes but he had to stay there until the ambulance came  “He was like that for around two and a half hours and by the time the ambulance came he had come around  “The doctors said 80% of it had gone by that time. It was only 4mg nicotine so that was quite low  “They said if he had chewed the whole packed it could have shut his organs down ”  Both Sophie and Tommy were taken to Morriston Hospital where the toddler was kept for a couple of hours for observation    Sophie said: “They did some tests to check his heart and check his blood but he was back to normal  “The doctor who saw Tommy was shocked, he had never seen anything like this. He had no idea how toxic it is ”  She added: “In the house you wouldn’t keep paracetamol in a drawer but there might be chewing gum People don’t know about this.  “It was so scary. He’s normally such a busy boy, he doesn’t stop talking, so to see him lifeless [was terrifying] All he remembers is being sick and going into the ambulance.  “He’s quite big for his age, if he was little and skinny for his age I don’t want to think about what could have happened  “I was hysterical. Ozzy showed us what he had taken, and he was so good trying to keep the baby awake ”

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