A concerned mum has shared a warning issued by her child’s school about the safety surrounding gel ice packs.

The school had sent home information about two young children who tried to ‘lick’ the contents of the ice pack because ‘it looked like jelly’ after the packaging burst open in their lunchbox, shares Daily Mail.

‘May we please ask all parents not to use the gel ice packs as per the photograph,’ the school asked. Explaining, “we have had two burst in lunch boxes and kids tried to lick the gel thinking it was jelly.”

The Perth-based mother said she was passing the warning along just in case other parents used them as well.

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We recently shared a warning from a NSW mum who shared an important message about children using gel icepacks on injuries etc after her young son managed to consume some – read her story here.

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  • WARNING: update, We had a “brick” one spring a leak in our esky. Fortunately it was in the bottom of the esky below the sealed containers of food so nothing was contaminated.


  • Don’t most parents freeze a lunchbox addition to keep things cool? I know I used to half fill the kids drink bottles and pop them in the freezer overnight. Top them up with cold drink and pop that into their school bag. I’ve never even considered using these gel things


  • I didn’t even know that these existed! Great warning to all though.


  • Why would you put those in a kids lunch box? I’ve only ever seen the hard ones here and those kind of gel ones are usually used for icing injury’s.


  • I prefer the hard ones. If used I use them in a zip lock bag to keep the moisture off the food.


  • Hmmmm, clearly a very good warning. They also look a little like ice blocks.


  • Thanks for the warning about the gel packs.


  • I heard it is the one manufactured in Taiwan that have nasty chemicals in them. I have never seen any with green gel in them, only blue. I used to wrap a frozen blue in a flannel and put on my forehead if I had a headache, I worked wonders. Only very rarely need to take pain relief. It seems I will be freezing water in a very small drink bottle.


  • I think school aged children, once told it would make them ill, should be right to have these in their lunch box. I’m also pretty sure that once they had a lick they wouldn’t go in for a second one – I’d imagine it tastes awful!


  • What about telling your kids that if it breaks it’s not to be eaten??
    Or put the pack inside a zip lock bag – extra protection if it breaks if you’re that worried.
    We’ve bought a couple of the gel ice packs over the years since my oldest started school and only had them break when the kids squeezed them a lot (and it was a slow ooze, not a massive spills like the pictures).


  • You’d hope that the contents wouldn’t be toxic regardless.


  • Anything that is made from gel from China is very risky, cheap products, toxic ingredients. Yes definitely use the hard plastic ones, or make your own using leak proof containers.


  • Can certainly see how this would happen. I used to freeze some water in the kids drink container and by the time it thawed by lunch time, everything was nice and cold and no waste product to worry about.

    • Yes, me too. Or sometimes I freeze those yoghurt pouches (my kids love frozen yoghurt), so anything else in the lunchbox stays nice and cool.


  • I prefer the hard plastic ones too, but it’s a pity those aren’t made in a smaller size.

    • By the way, the hard plastic ones can leak as well in the lunchboxes !


  • /I think the hard plastic ones are safer


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