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2 yr old may have ingested freeze dried bloodworms

Is this an emergency? I am not sure if she swallowed anything, but it was definitely in her mouth, more than likely she spit it out.

Do I need to take her to the emergency room?
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It's probably not an emergency, but it wouldn't hurt to call your local poison control center.

Or, does your pediatrician have an after hours number you can call?


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They're not poisonous but some people are allergic to them. Look for signs of rash and trouble breathing.


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Damn that sucks man. I don't think it's a big deal... If anything maybe she'll stay out of your stuff now -_-


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Ok. Got it, thanks! I'm pretty sure she didn't actually eat them, tasted would be more like her. Spit out after that, so I think she will be ok. I couldn't find anything on the net, except for something with frozen worms. Thanks!!
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If anything maybe she'll stay out of your stuff now -_-
Wouldn't that be nice! She was "feeding" the fish at my desk while I was cooking and her 4 year old brother knew what she was doing. but didn't tell us. I'm waiting for the lecture I am sure her dad is going to give me later... (He was on the couch)
Guess I need a lockbox for my desk too now :0
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Yeah, I'm sure they're not too harmful. Freeze-dried... sorta kills everything that could contaminate the food. That's along the lines of what happened to me. My little sister put baby wipes into one of my apisto tanks... serious repercussions followed... the apistos survived, luckly.

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Glad to hear all is well.

Reminds me of when I was young and my sister & I got in trouble for watching younger brother eat a worm. To this day my parents well tell you they had 4 children because they didn't know if they would all survive.

So, this can go down as 1st of many brother sister storers for your family.
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You are asking this question on TPT? No offense to our wonderful members, but I would be calling poison control or someone in the medical field.
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Are you kidding me?? HAHA the members here give me the impression that they could break down just about any product and know anything you could want to know. I have read more scientific discussions that I don't understand on this forum then I would ever have chosen to read.My thinking was this, I can't possibly be the only person who had this happen. I knew someone would know something about the product itself, and whether there were potential issues.

That being said, if I thought she ate handfuls of it, I would have called a medical provider or taken her to the ER.

I thought it was a good thing to feel confident in the members here and their experiences
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I suspect if she only ate a few, it's okay. I'd keep an eye out.

Although, I think I win for things swallowed as a toddler. I swallowed a bullet once. >_>
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Yummy yummy worms. They're good protein!


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At worst she's allergic.
Beyond that you run the risk of harmful bacteria - so the child could poop her brains out or barf her brains out or both.
Beyond that, parasites.

Of course, everything should be okay, frozen is frozen and they are probably microbe free.
But if not, then yea, barf, diarrhea, parasites - beyond that nothing really.


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I would imagine if it's a reputable brand, parasites should be rare or non-existent though. Granted, it's easy to get parasites as a wee kid... dirt, barefeet, other kids. >_>
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Maybe she should swallow some fish, and they can eat the worms! Sorry...I had to though.

I don't think they should hurt, as I have accidently swallowed plenty of nasty stuff. Brine shrimp, a guppy fry, and even a piece of moss. I mostly do this when I am starting the Gravel Vacuum, and sucking on it, and the water moves faster than I do.

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