4-year-old becomes second child to have near-death experience after drinking iced slushy

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Published Feb 6, 2024 at 01:41 PM

Reading time: 2 minutes

A mother has bravely shared the harrowing experience of how her four-year-old son, Albie, faced a life-threatening situation just an hour after consuming an iced slushy drink. Beth Green encountered a nightmare scenario on 13 October 2023 when Albie became unresponsive after a seemingly innocent outing to a bowling alley with a friend, as reported by LADbible.

The day started completely normally, with Albie and his friend indulging in a strawberry-flavoured slushy. However, within half an hour, Green noticed a drastic change in the young child’s demeanour. Initially tired and agitated, his condition took a terrifying turn for the worse after dropping off his friend. Albie began hallucinating and clawing at his face, a disturbing sight that left his mother deeply concerned.

Despite an attempt to satiate him with a visit to McDonald’s, Albie refused to eat his food, escalating his mother’s worry. The boy’s distress continued, with the young boy screaming “no” and “leave me alone” while in his car seat, alternately appearing alert and then going limp. Green, grappling with confusion and concern, speculated that Albie might have a virus causing his agitation.

Unresponsive and seemingly lifeless, Green then carried him into the hospital where medical professionals swiftly initiated life-saving measures, including resuscitation.

Recalling the traumatic incident, Green shared that there was a moment when she wasn’t even sure if Albie was breathing. The medical team worked diligently in the resuscitation room to stabilise him, administering rescue breaths as his heartbeat dangerously plummeted. After three agonising days in the hospital, Albie eventually recovered, but the diagnosis revealed a shocking cause: glycerol intolerance from the slushy.

This horrible episode, unfortunately, comes after Scottish mother Victoria Anderson revealed that her three-year-old son, Angus, also faced a life-threatening situation in January this year after consuming a slushy drink. Angus lost consciousness in her arms, prompting an urgent dash to the hospital for emergency medical attention.

In response to these recent incidents, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has cited high levels of exposure to glycerol as potentially causing shock, hypoglycemia, and loss of consciousness. Also referred to as E422, this ingredient is highly prominent in slush drinks as it stops the liquid from freezing, therefore saving the slushiness and acting as a sweetener that is also sugar-free.

@netmums

Parents have been urged NOT to give kids slushy ice drinks after children have been hospitalised. The Food Standards Authority says the drinks can be toxic, and even having one slushy can be a risk for young kids. This is due to the levels of glycerol in them. The new FSA guidance states: ‘At very high levels of exposure – typically when several of these products are drunk by a child in a short space of time – glycerol intoxication could cause shock, hypoglycaemia and loss of consciousness.’ For more details on the story head to Netmums.com #slushy #hotweathersafety #childsafety #FSA #netmums

♬ original sound - Netmums

Glycerol is generally low in toxicity and the amount in the icy drinks doesn’t harm adults or older children, but younger ones struggle to process it because of their lower body weight. According to medics, both boys suffered from glycerol intoxication after having their colourful slushies.

This reaction can bring on several symptoms, such as sweating, lethargy, irritability and a loss of consciousness among other things.

The FSA introduced new guidance specifically for slushy drinks in 2023 because of this dangerous additive, recommending that no one under the age of four be sold the drink.

Keep On Reading

By Alma Fabiani

30 dead dogs and cats found in animal rescue CEO’s home that had ‘smell of death’

By Monica Athnasious

Amazon’s Alexa could soon talk to you in the voice of your dead nan

By Shira Jeczmien

Controversial YouTuber Shane Dawson is not dead, despite fake news #RIPShane

By Charlie Sawyer

Timothée Chalamet’s dating history proves that Kylie Jenner has always been next on his list

By Abby Amoakuh

New Alabama bill to add rape exception to abortion ban and punish rapists with castration

By Emma O'Regan-Reidy

From gen Z farming to pro-hybrid work, here are 3 ways the younger generation will impact 2024

By Charlie Sawyer

Gypsy Rose Blanchard says husband Ryan Anderson’s D is fire after trolls call him a creep

By Abby Amoakuh

UK universities introduce 3-day week to allow students to find part-time work amid financial crisis

By Abby Amoakuh

Controversial video chat site Omegle shuts down after mounting child abuse allegations

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Nella Rose’s I’m A Celeb criticism proves that Black women can never win in reality TV

By Abby Amoakuh

Julia Fox and Madonna become bodybuilders in new Sevdaliza and Grimes music video

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Shocking last words of young vape addict before he went into coma

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

US town bans autumn-obsessed influencers from taking pictures of its fall foliage

By Charlie Sawyer

Side hustles are going to be taxed in the UK in January 2024. Here’s everything you need to know

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

The Satanic Temple names abortion clinic after Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s mum

By Alma Fabiani

Exposed: The fake history of pad Thai and the gastrodiplomacy behind it

By Charlie Sawyer

Five of the best and easiest side hustles you need to jump on in 2024

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

North West’s performance with Kanye proves that 2024 is going to be her big year

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Who was the goblin who crashed the 2024 Emmy Awards red carpet?

By Charlie Sawyer

Women in Gaza are using parts of tents as period products