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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11-10-2016 08:03 #1
11-10-2016 08:07 #2
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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11-10-2016 08:32 #3
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.
11-10-2016 09:48 #4
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.
11-10-2016 10:29 #5Senior Member
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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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11-10-2016 13:10 #8
I didn't call YOU silly. I said the act of giving a toddler gum was silly.
11-10-2016 13:15 #9Senior Member
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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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