We can picture your face right now. It’s probably the exact same face that we were wearing when we first saw this story. And it’s probably one of shock and confusion.
Needless to say, the story has gone completely viral, being talked about right across the internet.
But wait right there, because once you’ve read the reason, and understand the thinking behind the idea, you might find that you do a complete 360.
Reddit user Thrwydad took to the internet forum to get some advice, as he was ‘considering tattooing or piercing’ one his ‘very premature’ twin boys.
The anonymous father of 12-month-old twins Adam and Aaron explains that there’s absolutely no difference between them. Well, except for the fact that one has ‘very serious health issues, requiring him to have medication every 4 hours’.
The Reddit user explained that once, when the twins were visiting their grandma, the wrong baby was given the medicine – and the consequences were, sadly, awful.
In an attempt to make sure that the right baby received the medicine, the parents had been using a permanent marker to mark Adam’s skin, because little Aaron’s was too sensitive – but, unfortunately, it rubbed off in the bath during their visit.
Thrwydad explains, ‘Grandma accidentally gave Aaron’s medication to Adam. Adam ended up very sick and Aaron in [the] hospital for a week. This is a serious [and] extreme situation and I don’t want to take this risk again.’
So, this where the thread comes in. The father-of-two is looking for a more solid way to differentiate between the twins, to avoid this happening again.
After trying many other things – including dressing them in different clothes – he explained, ‘We are after a more permanant solution. I read online about someone tattooing a single dot on one of their twins and also about piercing ears. I really hate to say it but we are here. I need to do something permanant. I could have lost both my sons last weekend and I’m desperate.’
Sign up for the newsletter
Get news, competitions and special offers direct to your inbox
Many Reddit users were supportive with their responses, with many believing that – as long as their paediatrician agreed – a small, dot-like tattoo, perhaps on the bottom of the foot, seemed like an option.
A doctor’s advice should always come first with any medical-related decision.
But one thing’s for sure, we really wish the best for Adam, Aaron and their parents.