Our little ones will often pick up a few bumps and bruises from playing either at home or at school.
When they complain about serious discomfort it can be hard to judge how serious the injury is and whether we need to seek medical attention.
When Wendy Wood’s daughter Grace bumped into someone and fell in the playground, the mum took her child to hospital where a nurse passed on a tip she said would help determine if children have broken a bone in their face.
In a post which has now been shared 2,000 times, Netmums editor Wendy wrote: “Nifty mum-trick I learned today from a brilliant A&E nurse – if your child has bashed their face and you’re worried they may have broken a bone, give them a Haribo to chew.
“If they can’t chew it, get to A&E sharpish!”
While some mums and dads tagged fellow parents in the post or wished Grace a speedy recovery, others doubted it would work.
One didn’t believe it would work with her child: “You’re joking! She’d chew the hell out of a sweet – broken bone or not! And crawl to get one with a broken leg!”
Others went further to label the tip as ‘dangerous’.
“This post has to stop,” wrote one. “I’ve been fortunate enough to work in A&E for most of my working life.
“Never, in my entire career if parent brought a child to me concerned about a facial fracture would I use a Haribo to make a diagnosis.
“Not at home, not in the playground, not with my own kids.
“If a child genuinely had a facial fracture, I would rather they didn’t eat until they were assessed by a specialist. I would never, ever think you are wasting my time.
“Please let us support you being the parent, let us make the call and save the Haribos for after.”