Wrigley\'s Gum....Help!

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 12:47am
hwood's picture
Joined: 02/02/2002 - 09:00

Does anyone know about Wrigley's gum? My 20-month son loves gum. I gave him some Wrigley's chewing gum this morning and he started screaming ouch and spitting on the floor with his hand in his mouth. I immediately gave him benedryl. I noticed on the back of the package it says natural flavoring. I can not find a number for them anywhere. Can anyone help me? He has chewed this before with no problem. I dont understand!!!!

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 1:16am
Gwen Thornberry's picture
Joined: 10/14/1999 - 09:00

Maybe it was the flavour gum he was chewing? My dd used to say that peppermint was "hot" whenever she had it (and would spit it out too). Or maybe there was a little too much flavour on that one stick?
I've always had Wriggleys with no problems myself.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 1:22am
hwood's picture
Joined: 02/02/2002 - 09:00

Thanks! He has chewed it before. I guess that's why I didn't think about that. You are right maybe that's all it was. Or I thought maybe he could have bit his tongue. I just got scared because usually when he has a reaction he cries and puts his hand in his mouth. I am probably being paranoid. I just saw natural flavoring and that always scared me.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 3:35am
Nick's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

Maybe your 20 month old son is a little too young to have gum!! Children can easliy choke on most things - and gum is not good anyway : far too much sugar (and aspartame in the low-sugar ones) for young children!!!!!

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 6:02am
hwood's picture
Joined: 02/02/2002 - 09:00

Nick - Thanks for your concern. I do give my son a half of a stick of gum every now and then. My four-year-old daughter that has no allergies is denied lots of things due to my son

Posted on: Fri, 03/15/2002 - 8:39pm
Dana's picture
Joined: 12/26/1999 - 09:00

Our son had a reaction from an unknown source on Wednesday. Wrigley

Posted on: Sat, 03/16/2002 - 7:36am
momjd's picture
Joined: 02/24/2002 - 09:00

I read somewhere in (some of my allergy information- can't remember which author) that wintergreen flavoring may contain hazelnut. I don't have anymore details though. hwood, don't worry you will get support from most people here.

Posted on: Sat, 03/16/2002 - 10:01am
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

Information from Wrigley's website about its flavorings...
Their website address is:
The home office is in downtown Chicago.
The most popular flavors for chewing gum in the U.S. are obtained from mint plants. The basic flavor for Wrigley's Spearmint gum is extracted from fresh garden spearmint plants grown on farms in the United States. The main flavoring for Doublemint comes from an extract of peppermint, also an American farm product.
Mint plants must be carefully cultivated for delicate, lasting flavor. After the plants are harvested, they go through a distillation process, which extracts the pure mint oils used in the gum.
Flavorings for the other Wrigley brands are derived from a variety of fruit and spice essences. Wrigley chemists and lab technicians work hard to perfect formulations and ensure the pleasant, long-lasting flavor of Wrigley's chewing gum.
All ingredients are extensively tested by Wrigley to make sure they are completely safe and wholesome. In addition, since chewing gum is classified as a food product, it must meet the strict standards of the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Posted on: Tue, 03/19/2002 - 9:58am
hwood's picture
Joined: 02/02/2002 - 09:00

Thanks for the information. I know some people think I over react and some times I do. I do beleive we all have reason to!
Thanks again for all your help!

Posted on: Sat, 07/20/2002 - 12:34pm
tkiamly's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I thought this was an interesting post...the other day my son (allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, egg and dairy) had a piece of Wrigley's gum-Doublemint. He chewed it for a minute or two and then spit it out and said it was hurting his mouth. Makes ya wonder!

Posted on: Sat, 07/20/2002 - 1:18pm
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

hwood: My 4 yr old pa son chews many flavors of Wrigley's gum without a problem (except for the occasional tongue bite prompting a similar reaction to what you described- [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]). My non pa son, however, cannot stand "spicy" gum and has that same reaction due to the intensity of the flavor. OH- and by the way- I, too, let my toddler (21 mos) chew an occasional 1/2 stick of gum. We are careful, and truly, once it's chewed, it's smaller than a lot of food she eats so in my very humble opinion, I think the choking risk is minimal.


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