SIBLINGS always want what the other one has.
But for one little girl, stealing her brother’s sweets left her with a nasty burn.
Posting to Tiny Hearts Education’s Instagram page, one mum shared her story to make other parents aware of the dangers of sour sweets.
She said: “My daughter got into my son’s war head lollies.
“They are super sour and acidic. She come to me screaming ‘my tongue is sore’.
“They had burnt her tongue, she was beside herself. We spoke to a doctor and got advise on what to do.
“She is ok thankfully but I was so worried when I had seen what they had done to her.
“It was super scary”, she added.
First aider and CEO of the organisation, Nikki Jurcutz said sour lollies are acidic and can cause terrible burns to little ones.
She said that the little girl had ‘snuck one of her big bro’s lollies’ which had left her with the horrific burn.
“Introduce after five-years-old and with caution”, she added.
The lollipop the little girl consumed had been a war heads lollipop, made by Impact Confections.
Advice on their website states that ‘some candy’ is only suitable for children aged four and over due to choking hazard.
When it comes to how sour their sweets are they explained: “As far as whether or not your taste buds can handle sour candy, that depends on the individual person.
“Some people’s mouths are more sensitive to acids in food (pineapple, citrus) as well as to sour candy.”
The acids used in the candy include Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid and Malic Acid.
“Please be aware that all these ingredients are approved by the FDA (Food and Drinks Administration) for use in foods and are included at levels at or below regulatory limits”, they said.
The brand does however highlight that some people might have increased sensitivity to the ingredients in the candy.
KNOW YOUR LIMIT
They said that a voluntary statement is printed on every package warning that the candy is extremely sour and can be an irritation to sensitive mouths and tongues.
Sour sweets can be tasty, but little one’s have sensitive tongues so it’s important that if you do give them sweets then you don’t opt for the sour variety.
Sweets also contain a lot of sugar and the NHS says that sugar intake is highest in children aged 11 to 18 years old.
Children aged 4 to 6 should have no more than 19g of free sugars a day, which is the equivalent to five sugar cubes.
Children aged 7 to 10 should have no more than 24g of free sugars a day, this is the equivalent to six sugar cubes.
Adults should have no more than 30g of sugar a day, which is the same as seven sugar cubes.
Free sugars are those that are added to foods and drinks, as well as those sugars that are found naturally in fruits and honey.
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