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To think you don't give chewing gum to a three year old.

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HiggsBoson Fri 22-Mar-13 16:17:06

Last time I posted in AIBU my arse was ripped to shreds...but I can handle it grin

My judgey pants are wedged so far up my crack I might never be able to hoik them out again.

Took 3 yo DD swimming today and there are three other boys and girls in her class the same age.

After the class they were all given CHEWING GUM by their mums...not any old gum, but Hubba Bubba hmm

AIBU in thinking WTAF??!!

Is this normal? I would never dream of giving DD gum, but perhaps I'm living some kind of closeted existence.

One mum also sprayed her son's underarms with Lynx antiperspirant hmm

Iggly Fri 22-Mar-13 16:18:33

Most def YANBU. I'm judging with you.

poorbuthappy Fri 22-Mar-13 16:19:32

I'll judge with you.
Looking toward to seeing the explainaways as I call them. grin

Wishiwasanheiress Fri 22-Mar-13 16:20:04

Deodorant is v weird. I think bubble gum is too but dd whose two got given it by a mum at baby group recently.

Some people plainly want to choke their child. She's a bit weird anyway so didn't altogether amaze me I just figured one more bizarre idea.....

rocketleaf Fri 22-Mar-13 16:21:57

I don't really give much to DD that i wouldn't eat myself and i HATE chewing gum. It's got no nutritional value, upsets your stomach (saliva stimulates stomach acid but you're not putting food in be digested) and makes a bloody mess on the pavement. So no YABUIMO.

And antiperspirant on a 3 yo? wtf? Why not just give em a fag to chuff on and have done (feeling a bit ranty today)

MrsKeithRichards Fri 22-Mar-13 16:22:00

Was it soaked in diesel or something?

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Fri 22-Mar-13 16:23:11

Hubba Bubba for a 3 year old shock

Underarm spray for a 3 year old shock

It like to see the explainaways (I like it) for this little lot...

Wolfiefan Fri 22-Mar-13 16:29:23

Weird. YANBU!

heidihole Fri 22-Mar-13 16:29:49


For all you know these children have a terrible medical condition where by if their jaws are not kept supple with ample chewing then they seize up and the child may die.


OhChristHasRisenFENTON Fri 22-Mar-13 16:37:24

Oh that's a good one Hiedi,

I still can't think of a reason to spray Links on the underarm of a 3 year old though...

lljkk Fri 22-Mar-13 16:39:21

yabu, is this a joke thread & I missed the joke? I don't get it, what's the problem? Why is 30 okay but not 3? And where are the xylitol proponents to say how great that is?

I hate chewing gum & ban DC from having it because it's bovine, but I wouldn't care if someone else's random 3yo had it.

Antiperspirant on a 3yo is weird, though, I'm with you there.

ChristmasJubilee Fri 22-Mar-13 16:41:42

They were all given chewing gum by their mothers. Must have been a job lot!

I don't let ds3 (6) have chewing gum, but then I'm a bit precious. I do let ds's 1&2 have it but they are 15&17.

I wouldn't give ds3 lynx spray but his brothers use these things and it would worry me less than gum.

Disclaimer, I still cut his cherry tomatoes in half.

Nagoo Fri 22-Mar-13 16:50:29

some people plainly want to choke their children


HiggsBoson Fri 22-Mar-13 16:51:09

3 is not OK most notably from the choking hazard pov I would have thought?

NOT making it up - the three mums know each other well and this is something they all do every week it seems.

I'm still shock unless someone can convince me otherwise...

lljkk Fri 22-Mar-13 16:56:43

why is chewing gum more of a choke risk than say, toffees or licorice or peanut butter?

lljkk Fri 22-Mar-13 16:58:49

No more choking risk than any other food .

HoppinMad Fri 22-Mar-13 17:01:18

I personally wouldnt but know others that wierdly do. We were given chewing gum as kids but turned out ok * examines crooked discoloured teeth in mirror *

bedmonster Fri 22-Mar-13 17:01:41

My dd nearly 9 hasn't even had it yet! I'm not holding off but she hasn't asked and I dont buy it anyway.

HiggsBoson Fri 22-Mar-13 17:01:58

Choking aside, 3 seems a little young.

sjupes Fri 22-Mar-13 17:04:11

Yanbu at all dd is 8 and still doesn't get it.

She mentions others in her class get it but i just remind her that whilst they might be allowed to chew rubber sugar that's their business but i prefer her not to.

Sugar free does not get mentioned...

RunningAgain Fri 22-Mar-13 17:04:48

Toffees and liquorice are also a choking risk I should think. Peanut butter isn't though.

catgirl1976 Fri 22-Mar-13 17:08:50

I love a good judge smile

And I am judging gum for three years olds hard

MoonlightandRoses Fri 22-Mar-13 18:00:46

YANBU and does a three year old really meet the criteria in this particular quote from the 'choking risks' section of the site lljkk linked to?

"The main point to consider is whether the child knows the concept chewing without swallowing and do they have a general understanding of the risks and consequences of choking."

And as for using Lynx - foul stuff, Davidoff Cool Water would have been far more appropriate. wink

Feminine Fri 22-Mar-13 18:20:37


6 at the very earliest here.

I might not let my daughter have it at all (while I have any say in it) its full of shitty chemicals!

ToysRLuv Fri 22-Mar-13 19:14:21

Sitting on the fence here.Lynx is plain weird,but understand chewing gum. Although hubba bubba - no.

I come from Finland where xylitol chewing gum is actually recommended even for children (over 3) after meals (for tooth health). I give the occasional piece to my 3 year old and he spits it out in to a tissue after a while. No problem at all.

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