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Mom Shocked That Pacifier Gave Her Daughter Second-Degree Burns

When you have a young child, parents are usually very vigilant about what they give their baby. Babies and toddlers love to put things in their mouths, so you want to make sure they aren't getting their hands on something sharp, small enough to be swallowed, or toxic. Usually, parents assume that a pacifier is safe, but one horrified mom says parents need to beware.

Ashley Bilek was startled when her two-year-old daughter Madelynn, woke up from a nap screaming in distress. She rushed to her daughter's side and the parents noticed that the little girl appeared to have a bad burn mark.

"When I picked her up she screamed and she grabbed her side," said Bilek. "I lifted up her shirt and saw that she had this perfect circular wound on her. I didn't know what it was."

The parents rushed the baby girl to the hospital. Madelynn was suffering from second-degree burns, which she shockingly sustained from her pacifier. The baby had fallen asleep with the JJ Cole pacifier in her mouth. The pacifier rubber clip became stuck under her body.

Apparently, the baby's body heat was warm enough to generate enough heat in the rubber ring that it caused a severe burn. The spot where the red ring pressed against Madelynn's skin was horribly red, raw, with skin peeling off of it.

Bilek says she's stunned that a pacifier can do that. "The day we took her home from the emergency room, she just climbed into bed and didn't move," said the worried mother to Cleveland 19.

Madelynn's ordeal was far from over, though. Her body was having difficulty healing the burn, so the child was repeatedly in and out of doctor's offices all over the state of Ohio. The medicated bandage first given to help treat the wound only irritated the skin even more.

"Anything that stuck to her just pulled off more skin. When she went to the doctor's office they had to rip all of her skin off and that caused even more irritation, so it kept spreading outward," she said.

Madelynn was ultimately treated at a burn center and is recuperating. Her mother says pacifiers are a thing of the past now, though.

"I would never use one again seeing what could happen," said Bilek. "It might never happen again. I would never take a chance knowing what it did, and I don't think anyone else should either."

Bilek did file a consumer complaint against JJ Cole, and reported the product to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The pacifier clip is a PBA, PBC free plastic ring with a ribbon. They're meant to clip the baby's pacifier onto the shirt so that the baby doesn't lose it.

As of right now, the clips are still being sold at stores like Walmart and Sears.

“Nothing is more important to us than ensuring that children’s products are safe. At JJ Cole, we take our product safety responsibilities very seriously and are committed to making our products as safe as we possibly can," said a statement from JJ Cole. “There have been no other reports of this type of incident or injury for the JJ Cold Pacifier Clip. The material used to make the product is a standard TPE, commonly and safely found in a wide variety of infant and children’s products.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: WOIO, Family Handout

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