At the supermarket, one Jiansu mother picked up a bag of “water babies” (水宝宝) last week thinking that the tiny, colorful balls were her 3-year-old daughter’s favorite candy.
When she arrived home, she started doing some chores, while her husband fed their daughter the “candy” piece by piece.
But despite their appearance, the “water babies” were not candy. Instead, they were a type of water gel, a water-absorbing polymer that contains large amounts of water in tiny packages, which are typically used to water plants. Before the mom tried one for herself and realized her mistake, her daughter had already consumed 280 of them, Sina reports.
The couple quickly rushed their daughter to the hospital where an X-ray revealed that her tummy was filled with tiny beads of water. Fortunately, the parents had reacted swiftly to the potential medical emergency and the balls had yet to begin to grow inside the little girl’s stomach.
Doctors gave the girl some medicine to help her expel the “water babies.” Soon enough, over 200 had come out and doctors said the rest would be gone within 24 hours.
Which is good news, because the Year of the Rooster has already been a stressful one for Chinese parents. Last week, one young girl was killed after falling out of an amusement park ride, and another was killed taking a pee on the roadside. Meanwhile one more narrowly escaped being blinded by a dart thrown by her older brother.
[Images via Xin Kuai Bao]
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