Urgent warning over popular £1 sandwich filler for children that can ‘plug the airways’ of kids

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Tiny Hearts Education, an education provider founded by former paramedic Nikki Jurcutz and her sister Rach, has shared a warning about a popular children’s food staple

First aid experts have issued a stark warning to parents about a common children’s snack – peanut butter.

Tiny Hearts Education, an Australian group founded by ex-paramedic Nikki Jurcutz and her sister Rach, is raising awareness through their social media platforms. The duo has been posting educational videos for parents on the dangers of nut butters, highlighting how they can cause airway blockages in kids.

“Nut butters can plug the airways, it’s thick, it’s sticky and this makes it difficult to use any type of first aid to remove it,” Nikki cautioned in a caption accompanying one of their Instagram videos. The post also delves into the risks associated with the texture of nut butters, emphasizing that “It’s the consistency of nut butters that can essentially lead to blockages in children’s airways. So prevention and preparation is key.”

The video has garnered thousands of views and likes, sparking a flurry of comments from viewers sharing their own scary encounters. One parent recounted: “Found my three-year-old eating peanut butter from the jar, took it away from him”, reports the Irish Star. “Next minute he’s choking and starts to vomit but we couldn’t get his airways clear. I ended up having to scoop the back of his throat.”

Another person shared their own harrowing experience: “This actually happened to me…when I was 32! I ate a spoonful of peanut butter straight and I couldn’t swallow. The peanut butter was stuck! I could still breathe but it was really hard and luckily I had just poured a hot tea, and the hot water moved the peanut butter along.”

To prevent such incidents with children, Nikki suggests diluting nut butters by mixing them with breastmilk, formula, or water, or incorporating them into other purees. She also advises opting for smooth peanut butter and spreading it thinly on toast.

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