Lollies and lollipops can be more dangerous than you might think and it’s advisable to ensure children should never run with a lolly in their mouth. Lollies are hard candy and can cause choking, and children can be hurt by lollipop sticks if they fall with one in their mouth whilst running. Some people even think that lollipops should be banned completely due to the dangers they are associated with.
Why children should never run with a lolly in their mouth
The airway becomes completely blocked when choking occurs, and children may end up with the entire piece of hard candy lodged in their throats. Some parents only permit their children to bite lollipops and not suck them. Running can increase the chances of this happening because there is a big chance the child might slip, trip or fall when they run with a lolly in their mouth.
In 2010, a coroner requested that lollipops had their labels changed after a toddler choked to death due to a lollipop becoming lodged in their throat. In this case, the child was able to remove the stick but not the lolly itself. There was no safety warning on the wrapper, although there was one in the bag that contained the sweet that said the contents were unsuitable for those aged under 36 months. It was argued that the warning should feature on the wrapper of the lollipop itself.
If your child has come to harm because of something they ate and there was no warning about the potential dangers it may present to children, you may be able to take action with Accident Advice Helpline. We have an excellent track record when it comes to claiming for injuries sustained by children and will work closely alongside you to collect as much valuable information as we need to make your case a success. Perhaps your child did run with a lollipop in their mouth and slipped because of a loose paving slab that a local authority was in charge of? Whatever happened, if you believe someone else was to blame, we can help.
You are more than welcome to contact Accident Advice Helpline at any point if you do have any queries about how we can help. Call today on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) to find out more about what to do after your child’s accident with confectionery.