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    Default Chewing gum

    My 3yr old loves mint flavor. I gave her a quarter of a piece of extra spearmint gum (she sniffed my breath while i was chewing gum one day and asked for a piece).

    Is a small amount (like a quarter of a stick once a day) of gum ok or not?

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    I don't see why not?
    The concern may be a choking risk but you can make the best judgement on that.
    The thing about it staying in your stomach is a myth.
    And too much gum can have a laxative effect. But a piece or two is fine

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    Look I don't want to scare you but a 2.5 year old died in perth this year in a shopping centre from choking on chewing gum. Very sad.
    I think lozenges/gum etc are just best avoided in children under 5 or 6 as their little brains are just not able to co-ordinate chewing/sucking but not swallowing just yet.

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    why on earth would you give your kid gum? I can't think of a sillier thing to do? of course it's a choking risk. there's absolutely no reason for a kid of that age to need chewing gum.

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    OP - my DS is 3.5 and loves mint too. I have given mint mentos and similar chewable mints.

    I make sure he sits while he eats and is within eyesight of me (he tends to jump around all the time).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosey82 View Post
    Look I don't want to scare you but a 2.5 year old died in perth this year in a shopping centre from choking on chewing gum. Very sad.
    I think lozenges/gum etc are just best avoided in children under 5 or 6 as their little brains are just not able to co-ordinate chewing/sucking but not swallowing just yet.
    Thanks for letting me know, i definitely won't be giving her gum anymore!

    I guess i was thinking about whether it was unhealthy or not, i hadn't even considered the choking aspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    why on earth would you give your kid gum? I can't think of a sillier thing to do? of course it's a choking risk. there's absolutely no reason for a kid of that age to need chewing gum.
    Why would you speak to me like this? I didn't know, so i asked. I have more information now. No need to call someone silly for asking for advice. That's just hurtful.

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    I didn't call YOU silly. I said the act of giving a toddler gum was silly.

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    My DS ate (swallowed) a whole pack of extra gum in the time it took me to get the car packed... He was ok but sheesh, it scared me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olive Oil View Post
    My DS ate (swallowed) a whole pack of extra gum in the time it took me to get the car packed... He was ok but sheesh, it scared me!
    You must have been scared beyond belief! It's amazing what they can get into isn't it? And so quickly!

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