Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anon | 2009-08-25


toddler and peppermint sweets

My little girl (31 months) eats healthy - loves yoghurt,milk,water, juice mixed with water, fruit &  veggies. Two questions:
1. Can I give her Jungle Oats ? Her toddler Pronutro &  Weetbix seem to make her tummy work more often than usual.
2. Are sweets that contain peppermint or spearmint or any minty flavour, good for toddlers....I know sweets AREN' T good...but mother in law from h*** insists on giving my child peppermint sweets and it drives me put it lightly and talkign to her doens' t help.

Expert's Reply



You can certainly give your little girl Jungle Oats now. She must NOT have any hard sweets at her age as there is a very real danger of choking. If your mother in law will not listen to you about this then you need to inform her that your child's safety is your first concern.

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Posted by: Purple | 2009-08-25

You can give jungle oats from 8 months old. Just don' t add salt when you make them, and don' t use the instant kind as it has lots of salt.

Mother in laws can be impossible. I wanted to wait to give any sweets to my son until he actually knew what they were and then asked for them, and then wanted to give in moderation. My mother in law gave him an easter egg at 20 months that was nearly bigger than he was.
Peppermint sweets are usually hard though, and I think at this age that is a big choking risk.
Perhaps sit your MIL down when your toddler isnt'  around and discuss with her that child rearing practices have changed and that you don' t want her choking on a hard sweet.
I don' t think that because they are peppermint sweets they' re any worse than other sweets. Also, sugar in moderation is not harmful - like anything - too much of it is harmful.

Good luck with the mother in law situation. you need to assert yourself early otherwise the problems only get worse over time. If she wont follow your child rearing rules with something small like this - how do you know she will follow the big things like strapping your child into the car seat?

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