Sunday, February 24, 2008

"Chew" Much of a "Gum" Thing?

Ok, so what's the truth behind gum swallowing? Should I be worried about Galla's stick-a-day habit? It's like a Pavlovian response for her to ask for gum everytime we get in the car. I give her a half stick (for all you dentists/dental students out there, it is sugar-free) which always ends up "down the tunnel," as she puts it. I think I'd prefer that to in her hair or on the furniture, but should I be concerned about this constant swallowing? Pretty sure it's just an old wives' tale, so if the gum keeps her quiet, I'm gunna keep it coming!

10 comments:

Dani said...

I just read about this in a magazine... Totally harmless and passes through just like regular food, same time length and everything. No, it does not take 7 years to digest and no, it will not wrap around your heart. Would "Parent" magazine lie to us?! Keep on chewin' Galla!

Tara said...

I think she will be just fine...Ben never throws his gum out...he always swallow it...not sure why...I personally hate swallowing gum, but I agree with Dani!

julieeee said...

if she's going to swallow it, you should get her some w/ nutritional value. Grape Big League chew has some real fruit juice in it I think...

eric said...

I just read this in the Rocky Mountain Scientific Journal of Digestion and Nutrition, volume 46:

"Recent controlled lab studies confirm, as feared, that little girls swallowing gum result in little girls being awesome, and sometimes very cute.

Symptoms are exacerbated with the swalling of Sugar-free gum."

This may answer a lot of questions.

Cami said...

Your kids are so cute! I love that you guys have a little Maylin and a little Brad. I hear you guys might move near us. Come visit and we will show you around!

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

Me?...altho you don't know me......I'd stick with sugar gum if you could find any that don't contain the dreaded nutrasweet junk. I know Nutrasweet is going to arrive at the top list for cancer inducing, brain deterioration really soon. But then, I totally believe mushrooms cause cancer, too.

Lindsay Potterf said...

You are brave...I would NEVER give my kids gum! It would probably end up in MY hair. Hey--my adsense account says 21 cents, so the one time you clicked--it did work! Feel free to click on the ad each time you visit!

The Bells said...

Seriously. If swallowing gum makes you that cute, I'll get my kids to be stick-a-dayers too.

The Dierlams said...

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Jessyquita said...

down the tunnel eh, haha you make me laugh!