Paramedic issues serious warning about popular breakfast food: ‘You can’t use first aid to remove it’

A former paramedic has revealed the surprising food that poses a choking risk to young children.

Tiny Hearts Education, run by mum Nikki Jurcutz who was a paramedic for eight years, posted a potentially life-saving guide for parents to inform them of the dangers of nut butters.

‘Nut butters can plug the airway,’ she said in a video.

‘It’s thick and sticky – which makes it difficult to use any type of first aid to remove it.’

The mum insisted that prevention was key and shared several ways to prepare nut butters in a safe way. 

Tiny Hearts Education is run by mum Nikki Jurcutz who was a paramedic for eight years

Tiny Hearts Education is run by mum Nikki Jurcutz who was a paramedic for eight years

Ms Jurcutz recommends using smooth peanut butter to begin with and either thinning it down with breastmilk, formula, or water.

‘You can then mix this with other purees or other soft foods,’ she added. 

The mum said you can also apply a thin layer of nut butters onto toast.

When asked about when nut butters could be considered safe, Ms Jurcutz pointed out that there was no ‘set age’ when choking hazards stop being a risk.

‘Even adults have choked on things before, but the risk does go down when your child has a mature and developed chew and swallow technique.

‘As every child and their development is so individualised it will be different for every child. Generally around three or four years – but go with what you feel best based on your child,’ she advised.

Nut butters are thick and sticky - which makes it difficult to use first aid to remove it

Nut butters are thick and sticky – which makes it difficult to use first aid to remove it

Several thanked Ms Jurcutz for the warning, with one sharing their terrifying encounter with nut butters as an adult.

‘This actually happened to me when I was 32!’ she said. ‘I ate a spoonful of peanut butter straight and I couldn’t swallow, it was stuck! I could still breathe but it was really hard.’

She added, ‘Luckily I had just poured a hot tea, and the hot water moved the peanut butter along.’

Other mums shared that they typically mix nut butters with yoghurt to thin them out.