Family | Should you give a child an Easter egg?

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Is your nice gesture of giving Easter eggs to children causing more headaches than help for parents? According to a new survey, it is.

We all love to shower the children in our lives with treats, and especially on special occasions like Easter. And what harm does a small chocolate egg really do anyway?

It is the amount of eggs, and high sugar content of them, that is of most concern to parents. According to a survey by MummyPages and Feelgood, two in five children will receive between three and gives eggs at Easter. More than 20 per cent will get between six and 10 eggs, while 12% will receive between 10 and 15.

And it is family members that are showering the little children with eggs. More than eight in 10 grandparents will give their grandchildren an egg, with many opting for the large adult-sized boxes. Almost seven in 10 aunts and uncles and two in five godparents will also be handing out eggs this weekend.

While it is a good act of kindness, such eggs contain a high amount of sugar. For example, a 100g chocolate bunny has about 550 calories and up to 55 grams of sugar with this amount being four times over the recommended daily allowance for a child.

While buying smaller eggs and those with less sugar is the obvious solution, the survey found that over 50 per cent of  parents said they should be consulted before giving a child a gift of an Easter egg. A book was the most popular egg alternative gift that parents preferred. Giving new clothes, toys or gift vouchers were the other suggested alternatives.

Making home-baked goodies and gifts were also popular ways to distract children from the traditional lure of sugar-laden eggs.

Interestingly, more parents are getting quite savvy and freezing the chocolate to use in the future or in cooking. Well, no one likes to waste chocolate after all!