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When can I start giving my baby chewing gum?

20 doctors weighed in
9 doctors agree

In brief: Never.

Bad enough when they pick up the habit on their own; if you start them on it, that's more time for them to develop TMJ -- a painful condition in which an apparent earache is actually a sign of damage to the joint that moves the lower jaw.

In brief: Never.

Bad enough when they pick up the habit on their own; if you start them on it, that's more time for them to develop TMJ -- a painful condition in which an apparent earache is actually a sign of damage to the joint that moves the lower jaw.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Peter Karsant
Not to mention the possibility of the baby choking on the gum or worse the gum blocking the airway.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: No not ever

Besides the dental hazards of increasing the risk of toothy decay, the risk of choking is ridculously high.
Never in a baby. And not really healthy for any age child.

In brief: No not ever

Besides the dental hazards of increasing the risk of toothy decay, the risk of choking is ridculously high.
Never in a baby. And not really healthy for any age child.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Aaron Cregger
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: I wouldn't!!!

There is not a good reason to give a baby chewing gum, think tiny stomach.
...Hunk of material that does not digest well....Not good!

In brief: I wouldn't!!!

There is not a good reason to give a baby chewing gum, think tiny stomach.
...Hunk of material that does not digest well....Not good!
Dr. Aaron Cregger
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Dr. David Mjos
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Never

Don't even start.

In brief: Never

Don't even start.
Dr. David Mjos
Dr. David Mjos
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Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Never

It is never advisable to give chewing gum to a baby.

In brief: Never

It is never advisable to give chewing gum to a baby.
Dr. Kim Capehart
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not for awhile

Chewing gum is essentially a cavity causing choking hazard.
There is really no reason to give an infant or small child chewing gum since it has the easy potential to be inhaled and block airways. This goes with hard candy and other such food items. Generally these shouldn't be given to children until they can be thoroughly trusted, perhaps by 5 or 6 years old depending on the child.

In brief: Not for awhile

Chewing gum is essentially a cavity causing choking hazard.
There is really no reason to give an infant or small child chewing gum since it has the easy potential to be inhaled and block airways. This goes with hard candy and other such food items. Generally these shouldn't be given to children until they can be thoroughly trusted, perhaps by 5 or 6 years old depending on the child.
Dr. Michael Amster
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