January 22, 2021


A concerned mum has shared a warning issued by her child’s school about the safety surrounding gel ice packs.

The school had sent home information about two young children who tried to ‘lick’ the contents of the ice pack because ‘it looked like jelly’ after the packaging burst open in their lunchbox.

‘May we please ask all parents not to use the gel ice packs as per the photograph,’ the school asked. Explaining, “we have had two burst in lunch boxes and kids tried to lick the gel thinking it was jelly.”

The Aussie mother said she was passing the warning along just in case other parents used them as well.

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We have also shared a warning from a NSW mum who shared an important message about children using gel icepacks on injuries etc after her young son managed to consume some – read her story here.

Share your comments below

  • They do look very confusing for kids.


  • Don’t use these gel ones – they always were a worry to me.


  • I only ever used frozen ice blocks or frozen drinks, never liked the look of those gel ones


  • I have never use them.


  • Thanks for the warning. We definitely use hard ice blocks in our home for lunches


  • We always used the hard block ice packs rather than the gel packs. Thanks for sharing.


  • Freeze drink bottles instead is an option


  • You can get non toxic ones. I’m sure you still wouldn’t want your child to eat it though.


  • Thank you for this information.


  • I used to use an ice-brick in my kids lunch boxes. It actually came as part of the lunchbox and was the best concept ever


  • Good to show awareness of this


  • That’s where the good old frozen Zooper Dooper comes into play.


  • I’ve seen this before, luckily mi kids are older & I always use the block ones never these type


  • This is a good warning for parents of young children.


  • Good idea but maybe also educating the kids about what it is and what is food in the box also


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