A MUM has issued a heartbreaking warning to other parents after her daughter died from an allergic reaction to toothpaste.
Denise Saldate, 11, from California, used MI Paste One which was prescribed by her dentist after she developed spots on her teeth.
Facebook2 Monique Altamirano with her daughter Denise Saldate who died after suffering an allergic reaction to toothpaste
Mum Monique said her daughter was diagnosed with lactose intolerance around the age of one.
But after she spent years reading labels, she believed that milk would not ever be contained in any of the dental products Denise used.
'I CAN'T BREATHE'
So on that evening, she let Denise use the toothpaste without double-checking the box.
Suddenly she recalls Denise screaming, as her lips turned blue.
Monique told Allergic Living her daughter screamed: "I think I’m having an allergic reaction to the toothpaste!"
The devastated mum recalled: "I picked her up and put her on my bed. I ran to the living room, told my daughter 'Call 911!' and I grabbed the EpiPen.
"She was saying, 'Mommy, I can’t breathe.' I was saying, 'I love you, yes, you can'."
'I FAILED HER'
While waiting for paramedics, Monique tried to perform CPR on her daughter.
When they arrived they battled to stabilise Denise before rushing her to hospital, but their efforts were in vain and she died.
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Warning other parents, Monique said: "This is your child’s life, and God forbid you have to go through what I’m going through."
She added she now feels like she failed her daughter for not going the extra mile to check the toothpaste.
The MI toothpaste warns that it contains Recaldent, a milk protein that bonds with the surface of teeth.
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