9. Chewing Gum
Sweet bubble gum might be fun, but chewing sugary gum is detrimental to kid’s teeth and can cause tooth decay. However, sugar free chewing gum can be as harmful, in a different way. Chewing gum isn’t meant to be swallowed, but young children don’t necessarily understand that, or they might swallow it by accident if they’re playing or running around.
Whilst it isn’t true that swallowed chewing gum will stay in the gut – it isn’t digested but is passed through the intestines and excreted in the stools. If a child regularly swallows chewing gum, it could cause constipation and worse, a blockage in the bowel. Therefore, it’s best to avoid giving any type of chewing gum to a child.
Chewing and bubble gum isn’t meant to be swallowed, and if it is on a regular basis, it can lead to constipation and a blocked bowel. It’s best therefore to keep out of reach of children.