A mum who struggled to tell her two young twin sons apart tattooed one of them to avoid confusion.
The 31-year-old had boys Adam and Jack after five years of trying for children.
But little Jack was born with a condition which requires him to have an injection once a week.
Her mother-in-law looked after the kids for a period – and then disaster almost struck.
The mum shared her story to Reddit and it soon became clear why she took such drastic action.
“She gave the shot to the wrong kid,” the parent started.
“Now they may be fraternal but they look identical. I’ll be honest my husband and I even mix them up sometimes. Everyone does.
“She immediately noticed her mistake called 911 and they were transferred to hospital.
“By the time I got there Adam had been given the reversal agent and they were both happily sipping on juice loving the attention.”
While she reassured: “He was never in danger. It’s a very slow acting medication that, at worst, would have given him diarrhoea in a few days. Mother-in-law was beside herself.
“I tried to ease her worry but she refused to babysit so to daycare they went.”
The mum then added: “Doctor recommended a medical tattoo.
“Explained they tattoo a freckle, no bigger then the end of a pencil eraser, on an area of skin that’s easily seen while the child is under mild sedation similar to dental offices.
“Because of the area it usually fades in two to three but by then they should have developed more personal features and may not need it redone.”
But as soon as her mother-in-law discovered what she had done, she ‘lost her s**t’.
The parent went on: “I tried to explain but she just freaked out so I put both kids on the floor and told her to pick up Jack and find the tattoo.
“She picked up Adam So I handed her Jack and after 20 minutes still couldn’t find it. Stripped him to his skivvies.”
She added: “I finally pointed it out and she went ‘That’s just a freckle’ I just said… ‘My point exactly. Adam doesn’t have a freckle there.. So that’s how daycare can tell them apart’.
“She’s still p****d and ranting. Once I explain to others and they fail to find it they understand but they still think I went too far in tattooing my child and altering their body.”
The reaction from users on Reddit was very understanding.
“I’d rather tattoo my kids with Barney the dinosaur on their whole body than risk messing up medication,” one said.
Another put: “It’s literally a fake freckle. It’s not like you gave him a full sleeve of pin up girls and muscle cars.”