Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Teacher | 2011-10-22

Q.

Lollipops

Please can you adv ice me on how bad a lollipop is for a child (3 -6 years). We all know that sugar is not good for any one, but is sucking on a lollipop now and then really that bad? (Now and then means about once every two weeks)
Thank you

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The main concern is the effect on the child's teeth. Some children these days are allergic to certain colouring agents used in sweets especially red, orange and yellow food dyes.With younger children there is also the concern of possible choking on small pieces of the lollipop if children bite pieces off. It is not a good idea to give young children lollipops without their parents being there to supervise them.99 out of 100 times nothing will go wrong but there is always the remote chance that something could happen.

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