A young mother was left absolutely mystified when she found a dark mark on the roof of her daughter's mouth.
Darian Depreta, 23, noticed the strange mark in little Bella's mouth and immediately rushed her to the hospital.
'I tried wiping it to see if it would come off, and it didn’t,' she wrote in a Facebook post. 'Nurse tried to wipe it, and said she had never seen anything like it . She decides to consult with the doctors and they suggest maybe a birthmark. I INSISTED it was not because I always look in her mouth and clean it.'
It was only when Darian's doctor decided to try and scrape the mark off Bella's mouth that they realised what it was.
Bella wasn't harbouring a deadly disease - she had simply chewed a piece of cardboard which had stuck to the roof of her mouth.
'I can never show my face in that office again. I cried/laughed for a solid 5 minutes straight,' Darian joked.
'She’s teething and tries to chew on EVERYTHING,' Darian wrote, telling her Facebook friends Bella was sucking on the box for only a few seconds before she took it off her.
'She could have choked on it and I’m thanking God she did not. The only reason it was posted was because after crying, panicking and trying to figure out what it was (the doctors didn’t even know), she was ok. The laugh was after the storm of it all.
'And I don’t “let “ my baby chew on cardboard. She just so happened to find a box while I was loading the dishwasher, which I of course took off of her right away. I just didn’t realise a piece got stuck up there. I checked her mouth for small pieces right away.'