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CHILDREN love their cuddly toys and often look after them for years.

However, one expert has warned that a certain type could put your little one at risk.

Experts have warned parents against trying alternative methods of pain relief for their children

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Experts have warned parents against trying alternative methods of pain relief for their childrenCredit: CPR Kids
Toys with sacks of wheat can often be dangerous, they say

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Toys with sacks of wheat can often be dangerous, they sayPhoto credit: Getty

Microwavable stuffed animals can be used to calm and comfort people.

They usually contain small sacks of wheat that heat up and are placed inside the toy – a bit like a hot water bottle.

Pediatric nurse and mother Sarah Hunstead said it’s important to note that these products should never be used in bed.

Posting on the CPR Kids Instagram page, she explained: “The blankets trap heat from the product and this can cause it to ignite and cause burns – even if used properly and product directions are followed.

“This is particularly dangerous for the little ones as they have more sensitive skin that is prone to burns.

“These incidents have also been linked to house fires.”

She said that instead of using the microwaveable toy to keep your little one warm, use a quality TOG pajama or sleeping bag.

Previous studies have shown that those who use the packs have suffered severe burns.

The Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia found that many households reported minor to serious injuries.

These include burns, ignition of the pack due to overheating, and fires when a heated pack is placed in an enclosed space.

In one case in 2013, a coroner ruled that one of the packs had actually started a house fire that resulted in a death from smoke inhalation.

NHS experts say ice and heat packs can be used to help with injuries such as swelling.

Medical professionals say that if an injury is more than two days old, heat can be applied in the form of a heat pad, deep heat cream, hot water bottle, or bath.

The instructions state: “Heat causes the blood vessels to open wide
(expand), which delivers more blood to the area to help heal damaged tissue.

“Heat also relieves or relieves pain and spasms, resulting in less stiffness.

“When heat is applied to the skin, it should not be hot; gentle heat will do.

“A towel can be placed between the heat source and the skin for protection. The skin must be checked at regular intervals.”

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However, they indicated that heat should not be used on a new injury as it could make the problem worse.

Medical professionals say that ice has a longer-lasting effect on the circulatory system and the pain-relieving properties are deeper than heat.

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