Second post for today but just had to share this ….
Bradley and Connor have an obsession with chewing gum. I keep gum in the car … for me (!) … and they cottoned-on to the idea that I had it. The ‘burny one’ mind you, but that didn’t stop them from chewing it for a minute or so before spitting it out … and holding it up … wanting a tissue to put it in.
Sooo … I bought the fruity one – also sugar free – for them 😉 Obviously it wasn’t the wisest thing in the world to do, as their obsession has worsened! When Connor first had a few chews of the gum a while ago, I made sure he knew NOT to swallow it – it’s just for chewing …. NOT swallowing. He got the idea ” ‘cos Mommy told me that ” !! Mommy also has it in her car 🙂
When we got home today (he didn’t go to school today as he has a nasty cough!) he needed lunch, but was already chewing the gum (which he had taken unbeknown to me – he had taken one while I was taking my shopping from the boot of the car – bad granny for not having eyes open at the back of my head for one moment !!)
To cut a long story – I noticed he eyes suddenly pop wide as saucers !! Thinking he can’t breath, I asked him calmly if he was alright – one has to the ask that question before applying the Heimlich Manoeuvre!!
“I swallowed it” he said with a quivering voice.
Oh goodie – (he will now eat his lunch as I said he NEEDED to eat to help the gum go down into his tummy! (note here – because of him not feeling too well, he didn’t want anything to eat at all!) But he was now holding the box from the cough mixture bottle, as I was shaking it ready to give him a spoonful after he ate some the lunch he-didn’t-want-in-the-first-place !!
“But … my tummy will explode …. from the chewing gum” ! Still with big eyes !!
He was looking at the drawing on the box – little boy with xray chest showing lungs, in the centre of which is giant star with waving lines !!!
… and yes .. he ate lunch!!