A distraught young woman took to Reddit after she landed her friend’s daughter in the hospital following a girls’ day out. What she didn’t know about the girl was disastrous for both of them. Here is the whole story.
She’s Eagerly Awaiting Starting College
OP is a young woman with some time on her hands while she waits for college to start. She doesn’t have a job, so she waits many days for something to happen.
Her wish came true recently when a 22-year-old friend and her 3-year-old daughter appeared on OP’s doorstep. The other woman had an emergency and needed OP to watch the little girl.
Since she wasn’t busy, OP was happy to watch after her friend’s daughter as usual. She already knew the little girl as a sweet kid, and they always got along.
Besides, OP’s friends brought plenty of books and toys, and she would only be gone for a few hours.
Her Friend Asked Her to Babysit
There was one wrinkle, though, because OP did have plans for once. She was just about ready to head out to the movies when her friend arrived.
OP decided that a trip out on the town would be perfect for her and the little girl, so they headed out.
First, OP took her friend’s daughter to the movies, and they enjoyed watching the flick together. It was a nice enough day, and they were having fun, so OP decided to stop at a local park.
OP and the little girl walked and played at the park, and their good time continued. OP thought she’d be a friendly babysitter and treat the kid to some ice cream.
… And They Had an Ice Cream Treat
They both enjoyed their treat and then OP decided it was finally time to head home. That’s when their fun day hit a snag.
Her friend’s daughter said she didn’t feel too well at OP’s place. Then she started throwing up.
And then, when the girl broke out in a rash, OP called her friend. But the girl’s mother didn’t pick up, and OP panicked.
OP had never dealt with a kid getting sick so suddenly, so she loaded the girl up and took her to the hospital.
After a Terrifying Hospital Visit It Turned Out the Little Girl Was Allergic to Dairy Products
As it turned out, the little girl was allergic to dairy products and reacting to the ice cream OP bought her. Antihistamines started to make her feel better, but they were both stuck in the hospital for hours.
In the meantime, OP kept trying to call the girl’s mom, but there was no answer.
When the other woman finally did pick up hours later, OP told her what happened. Her friend rushed to the hospital and then had some choice words for OP.
OP’s friend accused her of trying to kill her daughter and said she should have known better than to give her dairy. But OP insisted she had no idea about the allergy.
The Mother Accused Her of Intentionally Hurting Her Child
There was no reasoning with the worked-up mother, but OP has tried to smooth it over.
OP has repeatedly apologized, and she sent cards and a gift to the little girl.
But OP’s friend refuses to speak to her, and she’s also telling their mutual friends that OP intentionally hurt her daughter.
Now they’re all ganging up on OP, calling her irresponsible and saying that she can’t be trusted around children.
No One Told Her About the Allergy
OP feels terrible about the incident but doesn’t see how it was her fault. Her friend or even the little girl could have told her about the allergy.
Redditors overwhelmingly support OP here, with many echoing her feeling that someone should have told her about the allergy.
Many point out that the little girl’s mother should always have been reachable. They can’t understand how a mother drops off their kid and then refuses to answer a call from their babysitter.
Mostly, commenters think OP should stop beating herself up and enjoy getting ready for college.
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