Post # 1
Let me pick your brains. I’m thinking that maybe I am just one of those “extra cautious” parents…but maybe not?
Our friends have a daughter who is about 6 months younger than ours, so she’s about 2. A couple of months ago, they were all over to our house and I was eating peppermints (the big, hard ones). I offered them to the adults, and then was a little surprised when they gave a whole one to their daughter. All that went through my mind was “oh my god, she is going to choke on that!” But, I didn’t say anything. Their kids, their choice.
This morning, I was surfing facebook and saw a photo of their daughter eating a sucker (like the ball-shaped ones), which also freaked me out. Sucker candy has a habit of falling off the stick when it gets wet enough.. again, all I could think was “choking!!!!”
So, my question to you all is, do you/would you give your small kids hard candy like that?
Our daughter is 2.5 and I never give her things like that..I’m just so worried she will choke..but again, perhaps I am one of those paranoid parents? I am not sure what the norm is.
I’m not being judgy here, like I said, their kid, their choice, but I am trying to guage whether or not I am a nutcase.. lol!
Post # 2
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.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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.