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Child drank from water butt...

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CarrieBlu Mon 20-May-19 12:49:21

As the title states, my 3yo decided that drinking from the water butt was a great idea this morning, but how concerned should I be? Don’t know how much she had, definitely a good slug of it at least, before I stopped her.

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CarrieBlu Mon 20-May-19 13:22:34

Hopeful bump. Anyone else’s child a disgusting monster who drinks dirty water...? Or do I need to call NHS direct..

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CabbageHippy Mon 20-May-19 13:23:48

I would call NHS direct - there's all sorts of parasites & midges in stagnant water

Very Mon 20-May-19 13:35:56

I'm totally taken aback... had never ever thought there was anything wrong with the water from a water butt confused.

Granted, I grew up on a farm (so less concern about pollution settling on the roof and washing into the tank), but we always drank from it if we felt like it - it's lovely pure rainwater!

AppleKatie Mon 20-May-19 13:38:53

Give her lots to drink to flush herself out. Watch for tummy bugs.

Deal with one if it happens.

She’ll almost certainly be absolutely fine unless has a weakened immune system for some reason then I’d seek medical advice.



sackrifice Mon 20-May-19 13:39:47

but we always drank from it if we felt like it - it's lovely pure rainwater!

It depends on how long it's been there.

purplelass Mon 20-May-19 13:41:04

I used to do this as a child!
Keep an eye on her and if she is I'll you'll at least have a clue what may have caused it but she'll probably absolutely fine, I always was!

beachyhead Mon 20-May-19 13:41:13

We used to 'fish' for the little wriggly worms in ours smile

Very Mon 20-May-19 13:41:41

Although ours were open-topped (big old oak barrels) and you would scoop a mouthful of water from the top, where you could see and smell that it was fresh. I suppose it's a bit different if it's a closed plastic tank. But it should still be just plain rainwater! Nothing wrong with that smile

fizzicles Mon 20-May-19 13:43:20

My toddler's done it more than once. I wouldn't ring 111 personally. It might give them a poorly tummy, but I don't imagine there's much you can do about that now.

CarrieBlu Mon 20-May-19 13:44:28

Thanks everyone. I’m probably overthinking it and will just have to play the waiting game to see if she gets poorly from it. I’m just really struggling with the DC today and they seem to be doing everything possible to make me want to cry/scream.

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SecretWitch Mon 20-May-19 13:49:02

My daughter licked up water from a puddle in our front garden as she was being a cat. I thought I might faint. She was fine. Not even a dodgy tummy.

Aquilla Mon 20-May-19 14:00:26

But doesn't it come off the roof of the shed or whatever (bird poo etc)?
She might have a poorly tummy but I wouldn't worry too much.

CarrieBlu Mon 20-May-19 14:21:40

Yes that’s where my concerns lie - the water comes off the roof of the house. Also the water butt hasn’t been emptied for a while so god knows how long it’s been in there, or what’s in it. Bloody kids!

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Thisnamechanger Mon 20-May-19 14:24:59

We used to 'fish' for the little wriggly worms in ours

Are they the mosquito lava things? I'm pretty sure I drank some when I was a kid. I was a wrong'un. blush

Nesssie Mon 20-May-19 14:26:08

All the proper crappy stuff would sink to the bottom of the water butt, and the tap is usually placed a little bit higher so shes unlikely to have swallow anything really scummy.
If shes really unlucky she might get a tummy bug but most likely she will be fine!

CarrieBlu Mon 20-May-19 15:46:30

Thanks everyone!

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