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Help - My 8 month old just ate some coals (cold) from the gas fire!!!

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venetianred Fri 26-Feb-10 19:44:02

I have searched on the Internet but cannot find what they are made of. Has this happened to anyone else.

He had taken three big coals out of the (cold) fire and starting nibbing on the corners, so that now they are white at the corners instead of black. Help - what has he eaten.

To be honest, he seems just fine but I don't want to be up half the night checking he hasn't been poisoned.

Does anyone know what these coals are made out of?

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PardonMyClench Fri 26-Feb-10 21:28:35

Do you mena charcoal coals? If so wouldn't worry . Or fake coals?

SoupDragon Fri 26-Feb-10 21:31:44

No idea but all 3 of mine have done this [sigh]. No one suffered any ill effects whatsoever.

SoupDragon Fri 26-Feb-10 21:32:09

(fake coles in my case)

SoupDragon Fri 26-Feb-10 21:32:49

FFS coals. Fake coals. Nothing to do with artificial Cheryls.

SparklyJules Fri 26-Feb-10 21:35:25

Mine did this at the same age! My coals are all in a heap now (have lost the diagram to rebuild the "jigsaw"), and white around the edges.

They didn't suffer with any side effects, although my cream rug did... sadly it has since passed into (coal dust marked) memory.

nellie12 Fri 26-Feb-10 21:36:43

I thought mine was the only one to do this. <worries about lapse parenting> anyway no side effects 6 months on. So far.

Still haven't managed to replace the coals though.blush

venetianred Sat 27-Feb-10 10:46:29

Hi all,

Thanks for your experiences. He woke a bit last night but with another tooth about to pop through, I kind of assumed it was that. He never vomited and looks fine this morning, so I guess it is fine. We even managed to clean the (beige) carpet with 1001 so no harm done it seems.

Still must put something around the fireplace - just so hard to find something that fits in with the room, and traditional fireguards are not good as he would push it over and it would come crashing down on him.

Many thanks.

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Panickingmother Wed 19-Feb-20 08:25:09

I'm being a bit sneaky and resurrecting this thread to speak to people of the past. My son did this the other day and despite reassurances from medical staff and family members I'm still feeling a bit worried about it. It's good to see I'm not the only one who's child has done this!
@soupdragon I've read mumsnet a lot over the years and recognise your name. I'm assuming your children are still perfectly fine 10+ years on?

Wizzywazzywoo Wed 29-Jul-20 15:56:17

Another one finding this thread 10 years on, my daughter (11 months) has just done this. Glad to see that none of the babies has suffered any side affects from doing this. 😂

Laravallence Sat 29-Aug-20 15:44:47

My 9 MO has just done the same! Very reassuring that all these babies have been ok over the years and now seems like it’s a right of passage!

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