Do you let your kids chew gum?

Gum sculpture - chewing gum
@Humbug25 (12551)
October 5, 2008 8:52am CST
I am not a big fan of gum at all. I find that when I chew it, not only does it make my jaw ache but it makes me feel so hungry. I have been told that this is because the amount of saliva produced makes your stomach think that it is going to get food and tells your brain that you need to eat! Anyway, my 7 year old son has been on at me for at least the last 2 years to let him have gum but I have always said no. I think he has actually given up asking me since I said he could have it as soon as he turns 18!! I can't stand that sound of the constant chomping and am worried as to where I would find it when my kids are done chewing it. So you do you allow your kids to have gum?
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@djmarion (4901)
• Philippines
6 Oct 08
i don't have a kid yet but i have a 4 year old niece which love candies, chocolates and almost anything sweet. she also chew gums once in a while. i indulge her since i know being a kid she wants to try those things, i just always remind her not to spit it anywhere but on the trash bin. she's an intelligent little kid so i have no hard time teaching her what to do on the gum she finish chewing. i also learned that chewing a gum helps us avoid cavities and therefore tartar so its not really bad for us. happy posting!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Hi there djmarion I don't think there is anything really bad for you health wise as long as you buy 'healthy' gum but it is just such irritating stuff!! Thanks for your response
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Only sugar free gum is good for reducing tartar and such. Sugary gum is still a cause of tooth decay. I'm a former dental assistant and I needed to interject that. Have a good day
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@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Thanks for clarifying that rocketj1!!
@annjilena (5620)
• United States
6 Oct 08
my grand baby chew gum he is 1 years old he chew it for about 1 hour in 30 mins then he get rid of it.he chews and chews he love it so when i come to visit he go in my pocket book to get gum i have to tell him to stop he wants it.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Hi there annjilena Wow 1 years old that is really young but then I guess he will grow up knowing where to put it when he is done I would have to train my boys! Thanks for your response
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• Malaysia
6 Oct 08
Still don't have any kid, but got a lot of nephew. Most of them likes to chew gum, which is very irritating as they like to throw away the gum as they like once they finished with it. Sometimes I will accidentally sat on these gum and you know how hard is it to remove it once it stained your clothes. I think I will make a new rules about this, maybe reward them with something if they stop chewing all these gum :)
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@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Hi there mojacoz and welcome to myLot That's a good idea and yes it is really difficult to get off of clothes! Thanks for your response
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@Gwapako_28 (2142)
• Philippines
6 Oct 08
My 10 years old son love to chew gum no matter how i told him not to do it. but my 5 years old son, dont want it either.
@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Hi there Gwapako_28 I think 10 years old is ok to have gum so my son has just over 2 years to wait but he will have probably given up on asking by then Thanks for your response
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@apples99 (6564)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Hi, humbug25 as you know I love gum in fact I'm kind of a gum fanatic but I try not to chew so loudly when I'm in public and I think its ok to give kid a pace of gum occasionally, as long as there old enough not to swallow it or get it in there hair, my mom gave me a pace of gum once and a while as a child, but she would always tell us not to swallow it and to throw it away before bad so we wouldn't get gum in our hair.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Hi ya apples99 My sons hair is too short to get it stuck in but there is nothing to say he won't get it stuck in his brother's hair. Thanks for the response
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
5 Oct 08
LOL! Yes, yes I do. I sometimes won't let my daughter have it for awhile if she takes it out of her mouth and gets it stuck on her clothes or her hair or something but I never disallow it entirely. As far as my older kids, I'd rather they chew gum than eat a whole package of cookies lol. I don't think gum is a huge evil thing and I refuse to believe that it's a big deal. Obviously sugarfree gum is a better choice and again obviously you should have guidelines, including not chewing it in places that ask you not to chew gum...
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@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Hi ya mommyboo I don't let my kids eat whatever they like out of the cupboard yet either. The only thing they are allowed to eat freely is fruit and it is always on the table. Thanks for your response
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• Philippines
5 Oct 08
Yes...I will let my kids to chew gums since it helps them a lot in maintaining their hygience. In this intances like it will maintain their breath well good and it can helps also making their teeth stronger. So, I will let them it chewing gums.
@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Hi there lester04061983 and welcome to mylot I am glad you are confident to give your kids gum, I wouldn't trust mine!! Thanks for your response
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• Canada
5 Oct 08
Too much gum is not good, but once in a while is ok.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Not if it is stuck on my furniture it's not smartbrain69!! Thank you for your response
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• United States
5 Oct 08
my son is 2 so no i dont give him gum nor would i. He actually dont eat alot of sweets like most children do. He wont drink soda or eat candy a lot. He might get a sucked and lick it 3 times and then throw it away and thats it for the day so im not worried about it cause i dont think right now he'll be into sugars as much.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
5 Oct 08
Hi there ProudMommy22 It sounds like you don't have much to worry about. My kids are not keen on iced lollies or ice cream and they are not big fans of soda either. We have one day a week that we call sweetie day and I allow them to have sweets and that is it. Thanks for your response
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@amanda333 (739)
• France
5 Oct 08
I let them, only sometimes its a kid thing
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@Humbug25 (12551)
5 Oct 08
Hi amanda333 Yeah all kids love it don't they? Thanks for your response
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@ellie333 (21029)
5 Oct 08
Hi Humbug, I can't stand the stuff and my daughters when they were teenagers used to drive me mad with it, my son likes the screwball icecreams from the van but I will not allow him the bubble gum bal at the bottom so the icrecream man puts some sweets in instead. People talking with gum in their mouth makes me want to slap em and tell em to get some manners, grrr and the ones that don't dispose of it correctly I get even more angry at. I didn't allow my girls as such to have gum until they had their own money to buy it with but neither now really chews it, they tend to have soft mints instead but I think they were probably in teens before I allowed though they probably did have before that without me knowing. Right I am back off the soap box now, do I chew gum? NO. LOL. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@Humbug25 (12551)
5 Oct 08
Hi there ellie333 I got some free at Tesco with my clubcar the other week but it is still sat on top of the microwave and I am sure it will sit there for many century's to come. No one in my family have ever been gum chewers funnily enough. Thanks for your response PS My husband used to give it to my son when he was about 5 and think he did it to annoy me!!
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I can't believe how much we agree sometimes, my friend. I have never been a fan of gum. When my kids were little, I never gave them gum. They never really asked about it. My MIL always snuck them a stick now and again but mostly when they were in her care. Therefore I didn't have to worry about where they were going to stick it when they were done. My mom didn't like gum. My cousins would come to our house and she would find the stuff stuck in various places around the house. She hated that! My kids are now 10 and 14 and get their own spending money (my son even has a paper route). It's difficult to keep them from purchasing it with their own money. When they DO chew it, the rule is: If I see it out of their mouth (bubbles, stretching it with their fingers etc.) it is GONE! And if I find it anywhere it shouldn't be in my house, the rest of the pack is gone.[em]shocked[/em If my breath needs freshening, I will occasionally bum a stick off a friend. But basically I rarely chew it myself. I wonder if teachers still ban it too.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Oh, and I forgot to mention that the thought of swallowing gum is really gross to me! Sorry to those who may do that.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Hi ya rocketj1 It is odd how much we agree on but there you go. I remember my mum saying to me and my brothers that she didn't want to see the gum outside our mouths but I don't think we chewed gum much as kids. I think the time we did my dad was trying to give up smoking and so chewed gum instead and there was always loads around the house. Thank you for responding
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
6 Oct 08
My Dad did that too when he was quitting. He finally gave it up for good "cold turkey" on my mom's birthday one year. Never went back.
• United States
7 Oct 08
We used to use a lil gumball machine as a reward if they behaved. But that eventually wore off. So really we don't let them have nay too often as they..... Beg & Whine for it (same w/ candy or any other treat they think they need) and they won't get rewarded for that behavior. They don't dispose of it properly in a trash can, I find it pasted to my couch, the rug & in their hair.... = a not so happy mommy! And finally I just paid a fortune for my ODD's dental work!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
7 Oct 08
Hi there 3SnuggleBunnies So I take it that you are not a big fan of the stuff either then huh? Thanks for your response
• United States
7 Oct 08
Heck no! So if it causes drama it's banned til they are older.
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@Anne18 (11036)
7 Oct 08
Gum is not allowed in our house, awful stuff. I have too many bad memories of it from school days. None of our children have actually asked for gum. My eldest will go to secondary school sept 09, so I suppose he will want to chew gum, I will let him but there will be rules attached to it! Cruel mother that I am!!LOL
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@Humbug25 (12551)
7 Oct 08
Hi ya Anne18 Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind!! Thanks Anne18
@marciascott (25554)
• United States
17 Oct 08
Yes we know what Kids will do with gum. Have it everywhere. especially small kids.
• Malaysia
6 Oct 08
Hi Humbu25, i will allow my kid to chew gum once she knows how to chew gum (not till after 18 ). I feel that kind of fun and joy when chewing gum too, but just not always do that, may be because i didn't get into a good gum yet. You have favorite brand? FYI, i heard that some country don't allow people to chew gum and they didn't sell that too. Kind of weird but that true.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Hi ya adriantys78 I don't chew gum anymore only when I was younger and my favourite was Wrigley's Juicey Fruit. I too have heard about gum being illegal in a country and I think it is Singapore, anyone feel free to correct me if I am wrong. Thank you for your response
• Malaysia
8 Oct 08
Hi Humbug25, you are correct. Welcome and glad can contribute to your discussion too.
@marciascott (25554)
• United States
17 Oct 08
I don't lke to let the little ones chew gum, because they get it everywhere, I was just telling my daughter not to give the small kids any gum. I know it is not good to swallow it.
@Humbug25 (12551)
18 Oct 08
Hi ya marciascott No I don't think it is a good idea to swallow it either but I am not sure why not! Thanks for your response
@trixyteddy (1072)
• India
7 Oct 08
No way when they were young. And now as grown ups they are not interested, just one in a blue moon. I was addicted once upon a time though.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
7 Oct 08
Hi there trixyteddy That's good that as grown ups your kids were not interested and I think I was the same when I was younger though I do remember having some but clearly not enough to make a huge difference. Thanks for your response
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Yes and No. We don't allow our kids very much sugar based candy, gum or desserts for that matter. We instill into them that they need to stay away from sugar as it makes them hyper and changes their moods too often than not. Although we don't always do a good job of it, we try.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
7 Oct 08
Hi there hdjohnson Well, well done you for trying. Thank you for your response
@seraj143 (75)
• India
6 Oct 08
Hi Humbug and other lotters. Rather my opinion differs from you all in few aspects I believe that chewing gums have advantages on one hand compared to the disadvantages on the other. I don't say that kids should be allowed to have chewing gum, but would say that chewing gum do not hamper others and not even the one who is having it. Dentists believe that chewing gum enhances the muscle power of the jaws as today the food habit has gone so deteriorated that especially the kids are allured to junk foods where they don't have to chew so the chewing gum aid as a sort of exercise to the jaws.Secondly the dentists opine that chewing gums reduces the risk of the dental decay due to accumulation of the food particles in between the teeth s causing to the dental plaque and dental decay.further more it prevents the fowl smell from of the mouth If these aspects are considered then chewing gum is quite helpful Letting someone not do something which causes inconvenience to oneself in my view is in human rather one could find ways of making the things simpler by advising the kids not to litter around with the stuff after chewing they should rather be taught of discipline regarding the spitting of the gum in some paper and into the dust bins. In my opinion some one who has crossed the age of 5 is no more an infant he can be trained and i think training the kids the mannerism is quite easier compared to when it is taught at the age of 18.Thanks alot
@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Hi there seraj143 Thank you very much for your opinion as we are all entitled to it. I do tell my son that he can do what he likes when he is 18 firstly because it gives my son an answer and secondly for comic value, I have a very sarcastic sense of humour and one day my son will understand the joke, hopefully before he is 18. I do believe myself that chewing sugar free gum is relatively healthy for you but if your children's teeth are cleaned regularly there would not be the need to also use gum to aid the process until they are much older. Thank you so much for your response
@shoeb000 (321)
• India
6 Oct 08
well, there isnt any restriction on chewing gum in my home, though i dont have kids, but my parents never scolded me for chewing a gum.. when i was child... then they asked me to stop, but after wards when i was in 5th standard, they never stopped me.
@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Hi there shoeb000 Thank you for your response