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Easter delights or Easter insights?

Easter egg hazards

Easter is fast approaching and that means the joys of overindulging in chocolate eggs is now widely accepted (I know I’m not the only one).

Most children love chocolate and now is the time of year where they are given tons of Easter eggs from family, friends, neighbours and well everyone really, and it’s easy to not second guess their choices, but as a parent or guardian, it’s good too.

Hazards to be mindful of at Easter

As tasty as they are, mini Easter eggs have a warning label on the packet which states that their chocolate should not be consumed by children under the age of four. The reason for this is the sweet treats are approximately the same size as a child’s airway and can pose a risk of choking. In addition, it’s not just mini eggs that involve risks, other small spherical chocolate can also potentially cause issues for children, including Maltesers and Smarties.

We’ve put together a list of food items you should be careful with when giving to children. Some of the items listed below might seem obvious but others might come at a surprise:

  • Grapes
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Popcorn
  • Marshmallows
  • Gum and hard sweets
  • Thick spreads like peanut butter

Children are always picking up items and often putting them in their mouths, which is why no matter how careful you are it’s always a good idea to learn how to help a choking child. See the NHS’s guide to helping children here.

Now, by all means, we’re not saying you shouldn’t give your children Easter eggs, there are some eggs that are even marketed specifically for kids and have little puzzles, word searches and games on them, like Kinder Egg. Happy egg hunting!

Did you know we offer our kids go free benefit? Once you’ve taken out a health insurance policy for yourself and your first child, then if you have any more kids, they will be encompassed under your health insurance with all the same options, just for free. Just get your online quote today!

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