For many mums, their handbags may seem like the magic bag from Mary Poppins.
Despite their appearance, the bags are crammed full of all sorts of essential items, just in case they’re ever needed, from phone chargers to pain killers and keys.
But did you know there’s a scary secret hiding behind these everyday items that we all know and love?
According to a first aid expert, many of the bits and bobs you throw into your handbag could potentially prove deadly to your youngster if they get their hands on it while you’re not looking.
The expert analysed a handbag containing 16 basic items, such as a hair brush and Bonjela, and according to the results, every single one of the things could be a dangerous health risk.
Rachel explained how loose coins at the bottom of a bag could be a choking risk and could also be a poising risk for children, due to the amount of germs that sit on coins.
The lids on items such as a tube of Bonjela ulcer gel or your makeup could also be a choking hazard, as they don’t typically feature safety caps to prevent them coming undone.
Spare batteries obviously come with a risk of choking but could potentially poison a child if swallowed – this includes batteries in car keys, which can burn the airways.
As well as this Rachael also commented on how headphones and charging cables could cause strangulation, pain killers such as Ibuprofen could poison a child and loose hairs from a brush could get caught on a child’s wrist, finger or toes and cut off circulation.
But the most surprising addition to the risk list was chocolate – which, despite being a tasty treat, could trigger anaphylactic shock if a child is allergic to the ingredients.
Rachael added: “Chewing gum is a problem too, because most children don’t know how to chew it and so it becomes quite gummy in their mouth and can easily cover the top of their throat.”
She recommends parents be wary about where they leave their handbag, and keep it out of the reach of children, placing it on higher surfaces instead of leaving it on the floor.