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It’s the Easter treat that’s usually sitting front and centre at the supermarket register – a cute, kid-sized box of mini eggs. But a paediatrician has revealed the deadly reason why these tasty eggs have to be kept away from toddlers.

Dr Niamh Lynch, a Consultant Paediatrician in neurology, shared an educational video on TikTok, revealing just how dangerous mini eggs can be for toddlers.

“These things are delicious,” Dr Lynch says. “They’re also rock hard and they can completely block your toddler’s airway. And here’s why. Your toddler’s airway, their trachea, is about four millimetres in diameter. And if you look at the size and shape of a mini egg, you can see it is the perfect size and shape to completely block you child’s airway.”

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Dr Lynch demonstrates just how easily the rock-hard mini eggs can block the airways of small children, with deadly consequences.

“These things are a major chocking hazard. And we’re really careful with grapes and cherry tomatoes and we cut them up small but these things are so cute and so delicious and we get so excited about them that we sometimes forget that they can be deadly.”

Dr Lynch recommends not giving mini eggs to children under the age of five.

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  • I can see the danger. They should be used only with adult supervision or just avoided them.

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  • Definitely agree on this point! They are cute and yummy but perfection for blocking those little airways. Best to leave them for the older children.

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  • Great to know

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  • Everything is a chocking hazard really. Common sense is really needed when giving a child anything like this.

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  • There should be an age suggestion put on the packaging!

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  • We will be staying away from these for sure

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  • Oh no. Good to be aware of this.

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  • This is why I don’t give chocolate at Easter!

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  • This is a perfect reminder of what not to give to young children.

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  • This has always caused me major anxiety whenever I see it in stores.

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  • This is a good timely reminder!

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  • Ooh, yes a danger for little ones definitely.

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  • Great warning

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  • I thought this might have been well known as they are so similar in size to grapes. But I guess sometimes we all need the reminder.

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  • I always see these and my kids always beg me to get them and it’s usually a “yeah yeah next time” but now it’ll be a hard no! My kids are the type of kids that think it’s a good idea to run with lollipops in their mouths I could only imagine how dangerous these could be

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