Adults often tell kids scary stories about the dangers of swallowing chewing gum -- that it takes seven years to digest or could sprout a gum tree in their stomachs. Though these results are, of course, untrue, swallowing gum can have negative effects, including blocking the digestive tract and causing constipation. It is best to keep chewing gum out of the mouths of children under five, as it can be difficult to stop them from swallowing it when it loses its flavor.
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