A new baby requires a lot of attention — from feeding, to changing dirty diapers, to burping around the clock.
But one mom’s response to her baby’s fussiness has people outraged.
As the Mirror reports, Ekaterina Karimova of Russia has yet to bond with the baby she birthed seven months ago.
According to Karimova, the pregnancy was unplanned. She took to her social media, which she normally uses to post about contraception and sex toys, to vent her frustration:
“They took the baby out of me and it does not look like me. It happened by accident. I got knocked up.”
Karimova admits to being irritated quite often by the baby, which may offer a little explanation for her actions as a parent.
One move has not only prompted an investigation, as the Mirror reports, but has Karimova amid a battle to regain custody of her son.
Karimova took a … different … approach to calming her teething son. She chose to soothe the infant with a condom-covered sex toy.
To make matters worse, she even recorded the baby with the toy in his mouth and posted the video online.Screenshot/Mirror
Karimova insists no wrongdoing, taking to social media once again to claim that gnawing on the toy rubber eases the infant’s pain:
“I was told to put special silicone things in his mouth. I had a dildo at home, a small one, not a large one.”
According to the Sun, internet users who witnessed the video were livid.
Alina Orlova wrote:
This is not a mother, this is an idiot. The baby got really unlucky.
Another user, Tramp Parauramp, chimed in:
They should take the baby away from her, and send her to a psychiatric asylum for the rest of her life.
After catching wind of the situation, Russian authorities intervened, and the future of Karimova’s parental rights look bleak.
The Sun reports that representatives from the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation spoke with her about her parenting choices.
Karimova was then taken to a psychiatric hospital. There, she was diagnosed with mental personality disorder.
For most babies and parents alike, teething is no doubt a grueling process, as the infant is often distressed by the pain from the growth of their new teeth. Mayo Clinic provides the following tips for soothing a teething baby:
Rub your baby’s gums. Use a clean finger or moistened gauze pad to rub your baby’s gums. The pressure can ease your baby’s discomfort.
Keep it cool. A cold washcloth, spoon or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums. Don’t give your baby a frozen teething ring, however. Contact with extreme cold can be harmful.
Try hard foods. If your baby is eating solid foods, you might offer something edible for gnawing — such as a peeled and chilled cucumber or carrot. Keep a close eye on your baby, however. Any pieces that break off might pose a choking hazard.
Dry the drool. Excessive drooling is part of the teething process. To prevent skin irritation, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin. Consider applying a moisturizer such as a water-based cream or lotion.
Try an over-the-counter remedy. If your baby is especially cranky, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Children’s Motrin, others) might help.
As for Karimova, her final hearing on the matter is set to happen in Moscow at the Ostankisnkiy district court.
For now, her son is forced to call an orphanage home.