A young mother has learned a valuable and very messy lesson about keeping things out of reach of young children.
It’s a familiar enough story for any parent. You unintentionally leave something somewhere where it shouldn’t and your little one immediately notices it.
For Dublin mother and Twitter user Alba McGuinness, the offending item was a large container of antiseptic cream brand Sudocrem.
The culprit, meanwhile, was her little one, Evie, who took full advantage of the tub getting into her fist.
Thankfully for the internet, her mom saw the funny side, sharing the wild results on social media.
As shown in the accompanying video, Avi went to town with Sudocrem, rubbing it all over her face, hair, and hands.
The six-second clip shows Evie making weeds with antiseptic cream, squeezing it between her fingers, while gleefully gazing at her audible stunned mother.
McGuinness’ response recalls the old adage: If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.
And while McGuinness may have lost a considerable amount of antiseptic cream as a result of her daughter’s antics, her loss has perished as the Internet’s gain.
At the time of writing, the tweet chronicling this chaotic and heavy cream-filled scene has garnered over 900,000 views, with over 2,000 retweets and 29,000 likes.
A lot of fellow Twitter users saw the funny side in this.
“Oh, how I love children, their innocence,” replied Tom Salter. “If someone of mine had done that, I would have died of laughter.”
“OMG this is fantastic,” said Variety Jane, adding ominously “that would be a nightmare.” Lloyd Jones was a particular fan of Evie’s expression, which she felt was “and wtf what are you gonna do about it.”
Parents came to share their horror stories of kids reaching for things they shouldn’t.
Mulenga1212121 wrote: “I once picked up my 3-year-old son from nursery and left him to his own devices. After a few minutes I felt a sense of dread.
“I went to meet an oily petroleum-covered monster to check on it. I was weak with anger / Laughing rolling on the floor.”
Others felt that pictures spoke louder than words.
There was Zoe, who went through a similar, if not worse, way with her mother.
Elsewhere, this boy’s parents had a nightmare trying to clean him up.
There was also another Evie who endured the same scenario.
Meanwhile, this boy managed to ruin a sofa by putting his hand on sudocreme.
While arguably the worst case came courtesy of this poor tot, who ended up being ambushed by his sibling and another friend with predictably pasty results.
As bad as McGuinness and Evie could have, it could have been worse.
newsweek McGuinness has been contacted for comment.
According to Megan Mates at Parents.com, it’s important to teach kids from an early age that “mess and cleaning go hand in hand.”
In a situation like this, Mates advises parents to encourage their kids to engage in basic cleaning tasks like wiping away the mess with paper towels.
“These simple tasks will introduce him to the concept of responsibility while developing important skills,” she explained.
The video comes hot on the heels of similarly adorable footage such as this clip of one child chatting with a cactus and another showing a small child having a unique habit of hiding random objects inside his hut.