With Easter fast approaching, the shops are starting to fill with chocolate treats of every size and shape. Now is the perfect time to think carefully about what the Easter bunny will bring this year.
You may have seen warnings on social media and in the news recently about the dangers of Mini Eggs and other small, hard chocolate eggs. These can pose a serious choke hazard to babies and young children.
Unfortunately, these tempting treats are the same size as a child’s airway. Due to their hard shell, they are unlikely to melt and shrink in size if they do become stuck. This can make it very hard for your child to clear the blockage.
Get your children involved in testing their Easter eggs and toys! If they fit inside the choke tester, you can explain to them the important of keeping these out of babies reach.
Talk to older siblings about the potential dangers of leaving small things (Mini Eggs, Lego) lying around. Empower them to take responsibility to ensure these are kept out of little one’s reach.
They may enjoy the thrill of being able to have something that their little sibling is not allowed. As well as relish the opportunity to be ‘grown up’.
If you have purchased small chocolate treats for your children, and you are concerned they are a choking hazard, we have a simple test you can do.
This simple tool can help you test whether an item represents a choke hazard for a child. The Choke Tester replicates a child’s throat – if the item fits flush inside there is a potential risk. If it doesn’t fit, then a child is unlikely to choke on it.
The Fred Choke Tester is the perfect size to take out shopping with you.
Now you can easily test Easter gifts and treats, before you place them in your basket.
Keep in mind that even larger eggs should be cut down to a sensible size before offering them to a small child.