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3 year old always has chewing gum

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user1490100007 Thu 20-Apr-17 10:11:59

Not my child, we see them regularly and they're always chewing gum. Often with their own packet in their pocket. Am I being unreasonable or this horrible?

MrsELM21 Thu 20-Apr-17 10:13:05

Far too young in my opinion, not something I would do

HallowedMimic Thu 20-Apr-17 10:15:48

Why do you think it's horrible?

Mine never have it within sight of me, because I'm worried they'll choke - and they are rather older than 3. grin

Isn't it meant to be good for teeth? Or maybe I have that the wrong way round, is it bad for teeth?

WhooooAmI24601 Thu 20-Apr-17 10:17:05

Mine don't have it at 11 and 6, but that's mostly because I don't have it either. Odd at 3 but not the worst thing imaginable.

Squtternutbosch Thu 20-Apr-17 10:30:42

Urgh, I hate chewing gum. I hate the smell, it makes people chew like camels, and the noise....oh, the noise.

Added to that the choking hazard for a toddler and no, YANBU. Gross.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Thu 20-Apr-17 10:35:49

YANBU. I hate to see anyone chewing gum. Never mind a 3 year old. It looks horrible

user1490100007 Thu 20-Apr-17 10:39:28

Horrible because it's so inappropriate for a young child.

echt Thu 20-Apr-17 10:47:31


When I catch my students chewing gum I always tell them it makes even a intelligent person look bovine.

< Not something you can say to a child, obviously)

viques Thu 20-Apr-17 10:52:02

apparently in Finland they did an experiment with nursery age children and gave them a piece of gum to chew after lunch. Their tooth health and cleanliness improved significantly. The right sort of gum is very effective .

ThePinkOcelot Thu 20-Apr-17 11:57:42

That's interesting Visques.
I wouldn't and didn't give mine chewing gum at that age.

differentnameforthis Thu 20-Apr-17 12:10:06

Chewing is good for a child with sensory issues, and gum is ideal!

BillyBob22 Thu 20-Apr-17 12:11:46

My baby has chewing gum whats the big deal

HallowedMimic Thu 20-Apr-17 12:16:09

How old is your baby BillyBob ?

I had conniptions if my baby swiped a big bit of banana. I'd have fainted clean away if I'd found them with gum.

user1491572121 Thu 20-Apr-17 12:19:22

Why is it innapropriate?

x2boys Thu 20-Apr-17 12:19:59

that is interesting viques my seven yr old is severley autistic and i struggle to clean his teeth he does however love chewing gum would you happen to know what type of gum they used in the experiment?.

zzzzz Thu 20-Apr-17 12:21:18

How snobby

WaitrosePigeon Thu 20-Apr-17 12:21:34

I would definitely judge

viques Thu 20-Apr-17 13:08:53

x2boys I think the brand is not the thing, but if you google the gums were sugar free and all contained something called xylitol which is fairly easy to find as an ingredient in UK gum.

x2boys Thu 20-Apr-17 13:11:55

thankyou viques.

Shopkinsdoll Thu 20-Apr-17 13:19:30

My 5 and 6 year old eat huba buba chewing gum, they spit it out when the flavour goes away.

Spikeyball Thu 20-Apr-17 13:40:50

It's possible it could be sensory related as a better alternative to chewing on clothes, hair, furniture etc. It wouldn't bother me as long as it was disposed of appropriately.

differentnameforthis Thu 20-Apr-17 13:52:39

Any chewing gum helps after eating, pref sugar free. It encourages saliva to be produced. Dentists have been saying this for years.

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