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    Default Hard Lollies and young children

    Today my MIL gave Ds a hard lolly, he is 3 yrs and 9 months. This isn't a MIL vent, she is a fantastic carer for my boys once a week.
    I'm just a little concerned about the safety aspect of ds having a hard lolly. MIL brushed off my comments and said it was ok, but I'm a little nervous about him having one again.
    Wdyt, should I say something again?

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    I would. When i was little our 3 year old neighbour was given a hard lolly. It lodged in his throat and he could not breath for minutes. He sustained brain damage and has not been able to live a "normal" life.

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    Whenever my mil does something I don't agree with, she always tries to justify herself at the time, but then she won't do it again if I've made myself clear. Sometimes I get my DH to make a comment as well.
    I guess it depends on your relationship with her and how well she can take it. Maybe wait and see if she does it again?

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    She will do it again as after dinner he wanted one and I said "no, too much sugar" as he already had two that day and she said to ds "I'll give you one next week". She was adamant it was ok

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    lollypop on a stick ... yes

    plain hard lolly .. mmm no ..

    my five year old has to sit on the couch/ chair if he wants a hard lolly - even at five I dont let him walk/ run/ move around with one ..

    but I'm a helicopter parent ..

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    I had a hard lolly stuck in my throat as a child... and I was like, 8 or 9.. I was just sucking on it and it just shot right into the back of my throat. I have been overly paranoid about choking ever since.. really over the top for my own liking, but I can't help it.
    If you're in any way uncomfortable with your child having a hard lolly, just say so.
    Or if he has one, make sure he isn't running around. Sorry, I don't have any real advice, I just read the thread and felt I could relate.. DH often eats lollies before bed and has fallen asleep with them in his mouth!! I go nuts and can't sleep until he has chewed it up.. and he's a grown man!! lol.. drives him crazy because I keep waking him until he swallows it.. !
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    Veve I am a completely negligent 'free range' parent, and I wouldn't let my 3 year old have a loose hard lolly either. Looks like both sides of the fence are united on this one

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    Maybe you could buy a packet of soft lollies for her to give him? And say something like "DS can have one of these, but I really don't want him having hard lollies". Stick to your guns.
    I use scare tactics with my mil. In this case I would say something like "How would you live with yourself if he choked on a lolly while you were looking after him, especially after I said I didn't want him having it." I know it sounds mean but sometimes it's all that works for me!

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    Definitely say something.
    I remember visiting my nanna in hospital when I was 5 and my little sis was 3. My nanna gave us each a boiled lolly and my sister choked on hers. It was pure luck we were in a hospital at the time and the nurses came rushing, whisked her off to emergency and suctioned it out. Had we not been in a hospital at the time - I have no doubt it could have been a very different outcome.

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    I'll have to now. It's that or a horrific outcome I guess.


 

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