Small children and candy

posted 2 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
1289 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

You have a right to feel concerned and you are well within your scope of parenting to forbid small candies to your child. I do not think you are a nutcase.

I give my 2 year old lollipops. I am knowledgeable were CPR is concerned. She is under direct and immediate supervision (She sits still on the couch right next to me. No talking. No playing) and when the candy gets too small I will crush it for her (Tootsie pops) and give it back. I do not give her peppermints or Jolly Ranchers, etc but we allow it. Just some additional perspective. 

But no, I do not think you are crazy or super paranoid. 


  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  missfroggy.
Post # 3
7185 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

That would freak me out too, and I would not give my young child candy like that. Only if it was crushed up into small pieces would it even be a possibility.

Post # 4
980 posts
Busy bee

I work in a childcare and we don’t give candies anyway but we dnot even give foods that are too hard if they may be likely to cause choking. Candies like that would definitely need to be carefully watched while eaten (which they probably aren’t). I wouldnt risk it either.

Post # 5
3047 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t have a child yet, but it took years before I was allowed to eat hard candies as a child. My dad is a doctor and my mum is a nurse, and they were really not over protective – it was always “Oh well, no one has died of a little fever” – but choking was the one thing they were terrified of.

That has definitely had an impact on me. I sometimes babysit a 2 year old and I freak when she put too large pieces of bread in her mouth. When I have my baby I know it’s going to be amplified, so the poor child will probably not be introduced to a lollipop until it’s 10.

Post # 6
856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

urchin:  I wouldn’t allow this either. Obviously I wouldn’t say anything out loud but in my head I would also be saying yikes! I have a friend who gave her almost 2 year old a lollipop when we were leaving the park. So her DD was sucking on the lollipop in the backseat of a moving car all by herself. Eeek!

Post # 7
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

urchin:  DD is only 1, so we don’t really do any candy at all.  I will let her have a bite here and there of dessert though, so it’s not like she has never tasted sugar, but I agree that the choking potential of hard candy is much higher than pastries.  You’re not a nutcase 🙂

Post # 8
6665 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

On the rare occasion I give my 2 year old a little candy, I always break it up into smaller pieces.  Never a whole chunk.

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