Paediatric emergency doctor shares important message to parents over the dangers of safety pins to young babies.

Dr Ruth Barker, emergency Paediatrician and director of the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit in Brisbane has shared a warning about the dangers of using safety pins.

Dr Ruth sent the below photo’s to MoM so we could share with parents and let them know that while they look like safety pins, they are quite dangerous as the little plastic piece on the end easily comes off.

They then become a real choking hazard to young children.

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An important message to new mums and dads is to make sure that you stress-test products before using them – don’t just assume they are safe for your baby.

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  • It’s a good reminder, but how many people still use these?


  • Time to head back to the old days, safety pins had metal slide down bits on them to prevent them from opening. No way were they coming off


  • I didn’t know people actually still used safety pins on nappies? Modern reusable nappies tend to have little push button closures


  • Yes agree with this especially when you buy the cheap ones too


  • goodness, I dont’ know the last time I saw one of these on an actual nappy! Most people use disposables now


  • With disposable nappies being so prevalent now many people probably wouldn’t use these pins anymore?


  • I havent seen safety pins used since i was a little girl.


  • They were originally used as nappy pins in the days of towelling nappies. I now use them only for pinning knitting together…..out of the reach of “little fingers”


  • Who uses safety pins these days on their babies ?


  • Better to avoid them completely with babies!


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