By Jasmine Kazlauskas
A cheeky toddler who was left alone for less than FIVE MINUTES gave his mum the shock of her life after smothering nappy cream all over her £1,600 [$3,000AUD] television.
Mum-of-four Sarah Wruck had left her two-year-old son Eli and his little brother Ben, one, alone in the living room while she quickly popped to the kitchen next door to start preparing dinner last weekend [5 JAN].
But in less than five minutes, the 34-year-old from Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, heard a cheeky giggle coming from the next room – and when she asked what her boys were doing, little Eli replied that he was ‘painting’.
Sarah immediately went to see what was happening and was shocked to see that her and her partner James’ $3,000 [£1,600] television had been covered with a thick layer of Sudocrem nappy cream that had been left on top of a nearby change table.
Horrified Sarah, who is also mum to Oliver, 13, and Noah, eight, said she felt a wave of emotions and was both on the verge of tears while also holding back laughter as her son stood there covered in nappy cream with a big smile on his face.
The psychology and counselling student said: “They were both happily together in the living room watching a movie when I got up to start making dinner.
“I could hear that they were really quiet, and I know that when they’re quiet something is going on.
“I asked them what they were doing, and I heard ‘I’m painting!’ and I just thought oh no.
“Their dad had left the nappy cream on the change table nearby, and Eli had gotten into it and smothered himself and the television with it.
“When I saw what happened, I screamed for my partner. He couldn’t believe it.
“I was experiencing a combination of laughing and crying.
“I couldn’t believe how much damage he’d done in such a little amount of time. I’d been gone less than five minutes.
“It was just too quiet, and then the t.v went off and I realised something weird was happening.
“He loves art. He scribbled on the walls before with markers, and to him this was ‘painting’ and he seemed very proud of what he’d done.”
The thick and sticky nappy cream took over an hour remove – with Sarah using dry cloths, detergent and glass cleaner to finally get it all off.
Thankfully, despite little Eli’s painting session the $3,000 television still managed to turn on and work as normal – but Sarah said she will be hiding the nappy cream from now on.
She said: “Nappy cream seems to be one of those things that toddlers just love to get into, I have no idea why.
“My partner took Eli and started wiping him off with tissues and then gave him a bath.
“I cleaned the t.v, it wiped off with some dry cloth and then some dishwashing detergent followed by glass cleaner.
“It was over an hour of cleaning and I had no idea if it would work or not.
“Luckily, it turned on and everything was fine. But we’ll put the cream up a bit higher from now on.
“You just never know with kids, and from what I’ve learned silence is the most dangerous thing!”