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Janel85 Thu 26-Apr-18 19:10:45

Went to petting farm yesterday with three-year-old son, was religious about hand washing due to e-coli and various infections, signs up everywhere warning to wash hands. Son is very accident prone in the sandpit he managed to jump forward and somehow get loads of sand in his mouth. I tried not to go into worry overdrive and washed his mouth out best I could with water. He has been complaining of tummy ache all day and I’m now very worried. No upset tummy today, but I’ve read up on it and it’s normally 3-4 or as many as 14 days after. What has me crazily worries is that I saw sandpits at farms are often a source. I want to take him gp tomorrow but I don’t know if that’s over reacting and if they could even reassure me this early?

BergamotMouse Thu 26-Apr-18 19:17:13

It honestly wouldn't register with me that illness would result from that.

I don't think it warrants a GP visit since he's not yet ill. Nothing for them to do, they will just say to monitor the situation.

Try to relax, nothing you can do about it now if he has caught anything but if he does come down I'll I'd be surprised if that was the source.

AssassinatedBeauty Thu 26-Apr-18 19:19:27

If he was already playing in the sandpit with his hands then although sand in the mouth is unpleasant it's not an extra issue. You'll be extremely unlikely to catch anything like that. There's little point taking a well child to the GP to ask about E. coli or similar.

You sound a little over anxious about health related things. Have you spoken to anyone about your anxiety?

Rawhh Thu 26-Apr-18 19:22:47

I mean this very gently - you need to get you anxiety under control.

When looking after my nieces and nephews I would have brushed the sand out and that would be it.

This national obsession with germs is contributing to so many serious health issues. Children need germs to build up immunity.

TweenageAngst Thu 26-Apr-18 19:26:12

I grew up on a farm. I am 50. Clearly I survived. Stop fretting.

MyotherUsernameisaPun Thu 26-Apr-18 19:29:42

I don't think there is any point in taking him to the GP if he isn't ill. Not only will they not be able to do anything, he might catch something else from ill patients waiting to see the doctor.

it's very unlikely that he will have caught anything, and I really don't think you should worry. Keep an eye on him as you would normally and try to relax flowers

DesignedForLife Thu 26-Apr-18 19:34:05

No point in taking him to the GP unless he's been vomiting for the last week/can't keep water down. A preemptive check up won't achieve anything.

Toddlers fall over and eat sand mud and dirt on a regular basis. It helps build a healthy immune system.

Glumglowworm Thu 26-Apr-18 19:35:36

There’s no point taking him to the GP if he’s not actually ill

You’d be better of going to the GP for your anxiety to be honest

Even if he were to get e-coli, there’s no real treatment apart from preventing dehydration. You just manage the symptoms (anti-diarrhoea medicines are not usually recommended as they can prolong exposure to the toxins)

ineedamoreadultieradult Thu 26-Apr-18 19:36:14

It's very unlikely he will have caught any illness from sand, kids go to the beach and get sand in their mouths everyday without getting ill. Sand in a sandpit at a farm may have animal faeces etc in there from peoples shoes etc but sand on the beach is also exposed to all sorts from people's shoes and dogs etc. It really isn't an issue, he will be fine.

TheCatFromOuterSpace Thu 26-Apr-18 19:37:15

My toddler licked a sheep and lived to tell the tale grin

ineedamoreadultieradult Thu 26-Apr-18 19:40:15

Thecatfrom that is the best thing I've read all day.

Omelette233 Thu 26-Apr-18 19:41:44

What do you expect the GP to do? If bacteria aren’t at high enough levels to cause diarrhoea then they aren’t going to be at high enough levels for the doctor to detect through a stool sample.

Most kids complain of sore tummy’s, it’s their go to “pain” even if it’s not their stomach that’s hurting. I think your anxiety is making this into a bigger deal than it is. The chances of him contracting anything is extremely small and taking him to the doctor would just be wasting their time.

Euphemism Thu 26-Apr-18 19:43:45

I used to eat sand out of the sandpit when I was a child if no one was watching. My mum used to say my nappy was full of sand sometimes. I was fine. I'm sure a small amount will do no harm whatsoever.

CaMePlaitPas Thu 26-Apr-18 19:45:35

Don't worry OP, he'll be fine.

JustVent Thu 26-Apr-18 19:50:18

@Euphemism, you do realise that it is the sand that she is worried about?

JustVent Thu 26-Apr-18 19:50:30

It ISNT the sand she is worried about.

NotTheFordType Thu 26-Apr-18 19:50:30

Are you getting any treatment OP? you need support. It's hard parenting with health anxiety.

newsparklythings Thu 26-Apr-18 19:50:45

I would have been actively encouraging my DD to roll in it grin

And she has barely ever been ill...

BrendasUmbrella Thu 26-Apr-18 19:51:19

Please don't take up a GP appointment when your son isn't actually ill. Have you been asking him if he feels alright? It is possible he's picking up on your anxiety. If he has e-coli you'll know about it.

CaMePlaitPas Thu 26-Apr-18 19:51:20

I used to eat grass.

JustVent Thu 26-Apr-18 19:53:01

Are you getting any treatment OP? you need support. It's hard parenting with health anxiety.

Lovely patronising remark there.

Sometimes, someone worried about something doesn’t actually need therapy but human beings on a forum to just say “it’s fine, don’t worry.” And the OP can peel herself down from the ceiling and use it as a marker for future mishaps that perhaps it isn’t that bad, like the time with the sand at the farm.
Anyone would think that forums like Mumsnet were created for just that.

But no, an innocent thread asking for advice turns into “You need therapy.”


Trilogy18 Thu 26-Apr-18 19:53:05

I agree your DS is very unlikely to become ill from this. I think every parent has a tale of something horrible their child has eaten and been none the worse.

Mine is that when my now late teens DD was about three we lived in the countryside and kept various livestock. We were outside when my DS. then about five came to tell me that he had fallen over. I commiserated with him, looked round and DD had crawled into the chicken pen and was drinking their water.

I was horrified and was sure she would have given herself gastroenteritis. Was she ill? Not a peep.

JaniceBattersby Thu 26-Apr-18 19:53:08

I have four kids and we spend a lot of time outside. The kids wash their hands before tea but that’s about it. In reality, they must get lots of poo, dead bigs, general muck and mud on their hands. They are very rarely ill. When they are at school I suspect they literally never wash their hands.

I wouldn’t worry about it.

greathat Thu 26-Apr-18 19:55:10

It's super immune system building stuff. Don't stress. Not sure what you think a GP visit would accomplish?

Sarahjconnor Thu 26-Apr-18 19:56:22

I am a farmer. DD used to kiss the lambs/sheep on the mouth and is a picture of health (I toldher not to but they are quite lovely)

farms are usually less risk of infection than parks/playgroups because humans can't be infected by many pathogens. The risk of sandpits - where ever they are - is cat/dog shit and listeria. If she is fine, don't worry.

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