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Australian paramedic Tiny Hearts Education reveals choking hazard from kids eating in cars

Paramedic: The ONLY Parenting Rule You Need To Know Right Now – And It Could Save Your Child’s Life

  • Australian paramedic Nikki says you should never let children eat in a moving car
  • Queensland mum warns they can choke while you focus on the road
  • Since choking is quiet, Nikki says you probably don’t realize it’s happening


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A paramedic has revealed why you should never allow young children to eat in a moving car — and her advice could save your child’s life.

Nikki, the Queensland mother behind the Tiny Hearts Education Instagram page, says one of her ‘non-negotiable’ parenting rules is no food in the car due to the danger of suffocation.

“Remember guys, choking is quiet — if you’re driving and focusing on the road, you won’t hear it and you won’t know,” she said in a video posted Sunday.

Nikki added that she only gives her bub a snack when someone else is driving and she can supervise by sitting in the back seat.

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Queensland paramedic Nikki (left) has revealed why you should never allow young children to eat in a moving car - and her advice could save your child's life

She says one of her 'non-negotiable' parenting rules is no food in the car due to choking hazard

She says one of her 'non-negotiable' parenting rules is no food in the car due to choking hazard

Queensland paramedic Nikki (left) has revealed why you should never allow young children to eat in a moving car – and her advice could save your child’s life

Queensland paramedic Nikki (pictured)

Queensland paramedic Nikki (pictured)

Queensland paramedic Nikki (pictured)

Her chilling warning, which has racked up 4,406 “likes” since it was uploaded online, drew widespread agreement.

‘Here also. I don’t allow food in my car anyway, especially if I can’t supervise,” one viewer wrote.

A second tagged her friend and said, “This is something we need to consider.”

Unintentional threats to breathing, including choking and suffocation, were responsible for 11 percent of deaths in children under eight in 2020, according to research from Life Vac Australia.

In all, an average of 80 Australians die each year from suffocation, with up to 85 percent of those deaths being caused by food.

Nikki previously told Daily Mail Australia that anything that fits through a toilet roll is a choking hazard, including grapes, coins, hard-boiled candies and supermarket trolley tokens.

She also warned that marshmallows are one of the most dangerous snacks you can give a toddler because they are the “perfect size and shape” to nest in the windpipe.

Most Common Choking Hazards

– Foods like grapes and chocolate mini eggs

– Coins

– Marbles

– Batteries

– Bottle caps

– Lego

– Balloons

– Pen covers

Nikki recommends that parents wait until little ones are three so they can enjoy the treat.

‘Yes! I was so strict about this when my breasts were small,’ one woman replied.

A second added: “So good to know, I’ve shared this with my friends.”

Others joked that they no longer have to feel guilty about eating their children’s marshmallows behind their backs.

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