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lucky14




 
 
    
 

Post Mon, Jan 17 2022, 9:45 pm
At what age do you let your children eat hard candies (I’m talking about the kinds you have to suck on).
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#BestBubby




 
 
    
 

Post Mon, Jan 17 2022, 9:48 pm
Hard candies make me nervous at any age.

Big choking hazard.

Stick to lollipops.
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amother
Daisy


 

Post Mon, Jan 17 2022, 10:16 pm
#BestBubby wrote:
Hard candies make me nervous at any age.

Big choking hazard.

Stick to lollipops.


Same here. I'm still nervous when my 8 & 10 year olds eat hard candy. When I was 10, I choked in school on a hard candy, it's still in my bones.
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amother
Pearl


 

Post Mon, Jan 17 2022, 10:17 pm
Definitely not before 5
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flowerpower




 
 
    
 

Post Mon, Jan 17 2022, 10:34 pm
Never!
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SG18




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 11:09 am
amother [ Daisy ] wrote:
Same here. I'm still nervous when my 8 & 10 year olds eat hard candy. When I was 10, I choked in school on a hard candy, it's still in my bones.


Do you mean that it's still physically inside of your body? Or that you're still traumatized?
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lucky14




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 12:21 pm
Thanks for the responses. When I googled it I kept seeing not before 4 or 5… and that just sounds way way too young! Was wondering what other people do and how long I can push off giving them to my kids…
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amother
Daisy


 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 12:39 pm
SG18 wrote:
Do you mean that it's still physically inside of your body? Or that you're still traumatized?


Oh my, it's not still in my body bh! It went shooting out.
I wouldn't say I'm traumatized, but I can still recall the fear and panic very clearly.
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amother
Trillium


 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 1:33 pm
My rule is 6 years old and even then they need to sit still and can't get up until they are done eating it. Once they are older I just tell them not to get wild, run, jump etc when they have a candy in their mouth.
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amother
Feverfew


 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 1:36 pm
lucky14 wrote:
Thanks for the responses. When I googled it I kept seeing not before 4 or 5… and that just sounds way way too young! Was wondering what other people do and how long I can push off giving them to my kids


You can push it off as long as you want. What's the rush?
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amother
Plum


 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 2:12 pm
I reluctantly started letting my children have them at age 5 or 6, but very rarely. We avoid buying them most of the time, that is, I have "drilled" dh not to buy them and I discourage the kids from buying them from their money. If occasionally a few slip through, so be it.

But they are a choking risk beyond that age, no doubt. They are dangerous.
Another thing is, if they bite them, they damage the teeth.
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amother
Burgundy


 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 2:23 pm
Oh good, it’s not just me! I am a very cautious mommy in general and sometimes I feel like no one else is.
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ra_mom




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, Jan 18 2022, 2:27 pm
lucky14 wrote:
At what age do you let your children eat hard candies (I’m talking about the kinds you have to suck on).

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