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Paramedic warns parents about the dangers of giving kids small Easter eggs


Nikki advises to stick to broken up hollow eggs (Picture: @tinyheartseducation/Instagram)

Kids often get showered with chocolate at this time of year as the shops are filled with Easter eggs.

But a former paramedic is warning parents to be careful and to consider the sizes of the eggs they’re giving their child.

While they might think about the choking risk of toys with small parts or foods kids eat often like grapes, Easter eggs are a rare treat and might not be so obvious.

Australian mum-of-two Nikki gave up her job working with the ambulance service but now shares safety advice on her Instagram @tinyheartseducation.

Posting a picture of various shapes of eggs, from mini to a huge hollow one, she said she feels some are not safe for younger children.

Nikki wrote: ‘Up to 85% of choking deaths are caused by food and with Easter around the corner I want this to be at the forefront of your mind.

‘Many of the Easter eggs we see on the shelves are real choking hazards. When purchasing please choose larger, hollow eggs broken into small pieces as they are less of a choking hazard.

‘Remember, always supervise your little one when eating, Choking is silent, it happens quickly and knowing exactly what to do in a choking emergency is the difference between a scare and a life-changing moment.’

Nikki posted a diagram on Instagram talking about the risks (Picture: @tinyheartseducation/Instagram)

Other parents commented to thank her for the advice, as it’s something they hadn’t considered.

One said: ‘I just sent all the grandparents and aunties/uncles a message last week asking for NO small solid eggs for our 19mo. Large hollow eggs and bunnies only.’

Another added: ‘I’d never thought of that with eggs before.’

Some parents shared their own experiences and said they’ve been accused of being over cautious but felt it was better to be safe.

‘My mum has given my eldest (now almost 4) the small eggs before and I straight away take them away and if he has any I bite them in half (long ways) and I get an eye roll when I talk about them being a choking hazard and what does he do when he gets his excited hands on it, straight in the mouth and I’m sure there’s no chewing just down it goes,’ one mum wrote.

Someone else said: ‘My youngest is 2 and is putting everything into his mouth, I’ve once found him with an entire AirPod in there! So I’m not buying small solid eggs for the big kids this year, out of sheer fear.’

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