Warning to all parents as an expert reveals the most dangerous Easter eggs for children
PARENTS have been warned that Easter eggs are the most dangerous for children.
An expert has explained why some designs are better than others and which ones could pose a choking hazard.
It’s natural to want to spoil your kids a little this time of year and go a little wild with chocolate.
But it’s also a good idea to make sure they’re as safe as possible, while still having fun.
Tiny Hearts Education, which publishes practical tips and advice for parents online, said: “Avoid solid mini eggs this Easter.
“They’re round and hard, which are two big risk factors for choking.”
The account shared a video where someone scans the festive selection on offer.
He explained: “This year when you’re Easter shopping for your little one, you’re going to see so many of these little mini eggs and they’re delicious but we’re not going to catch them.
“We’ll grab those or those that look like that [bigger and hollow]because those tiny minis are hard and round and we know those are two huge risk factors for choking hazards.
“While these hollows are easy to crumble and are much safer for your little one at Easter.”
Parents praised the advice, with some saying they didn’t think it was a problem and thanking the experts.
Some people have asked what would be a good age for children to start eating more solid eggs.
Tiny Hearts Education replied: “For me that would be once they hit at least three years old with a full set of teeth and mature chewing.
“I’ll give them to my five-year-old this year, but not my almost three-year-old. It depends on what you’re comfortable with.”
Other tips for parents include cutting small packets of candy into quarters, if they come with the Easter egg.
Make sure you are near your children while they are eating and don’t let them run or play while they are chewing.
The NHS says if someone is choking mildly they will usually be able to clear the blockage on their own.
You need to encourage them to continue coughing in order to remove the blockage.
But if coughing doesn’t work, then you can do the back blows again.
If you need to perform a back blow for someone who is choking, the NHS advises the following.
- Stand behind them and slightly to the side. Support their chest with 1 hand. Lean them forward so that the object blocking their airway comes out of their mouth, rather than lower down.
- Give up to 5 sharp blows between their shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. The heel is between the palm of your hand and your wrist.
- Check if the blockage is gone.
- Otherwise, give up to 5 abdominal thrusts.
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