What Happens When You Swallow a Chewing Gum

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We all know that chewing gum was created to be chewed but not swallowed, it generally isn't harmful if swallowed.

However, what if you accidentally swallowed the chewing gum?
IS it dangerous to swallow chewing gum?
Will you die because the gum gets stuck in your stomach or digestive system?

Did you ever swallow a chewing gum?

Honestly, everyone ( kids, teens or adults) had experienced swallowing a piece of gum accidentally once or a few times in a lifetime.

You may have heard from your mom or grandma threatening you that the chewing gum stayed in your stomach for 7 years which is a good fairy tale to keep you off from the gum but it is definitely NOT TRUE at all.

Don't panic

Most people who had swallowed a chewing gum may NOT frantically dial 911 or visit a doctor instantly because one will not die from it unless special cases indicated.
I had just read from a Reader’s Digest magazine that you will not die after you had swallowed a chewing gum.
Nevertheless, it is advisable not to swallow it especially kids with small digestive system.

What happened after you swallowed a chewing gum

  • The truth is, if you accidentally swallow a chewing gum, it will churn for a few hours, passed through your bowel system and goes out into the toilet bowl in a couple of days.

  • Swallowing a chewing gum is considered as a foreign object which in not digestible in your digestive system.

  • This is similar to coins, tiny stones that your stomach is unable to break the object into nutrition for your body.

  • Simply because chewing gum is not food!

How your digestive system works

  • However, your digestive system is clever.

  • It has alternative way to deal with a swallowed chewing gum, that is bowel movement.

  • The chewing gum will move along the small intestines into the large intestines and then the transverse colon intestines.

  • Finally it will push down the chewing gum into the anus where it mixed with your waste (poop).

  • Eventually, you might have a twist and turn stomachache before it comes out as a big poop.

  • Some people may take 2-7 days to get the gum to end up in the toilet bowl but for those with frequent constipation problem, it may take at least 11-14 days.

Helpful food

Hence, in order to supersede the process, eat more fiber food such as

  • fresh fruits,
  • vegetables and
  • yogurt to allow the intestines to contract often.

When the contractions are working, the chewing gum is slowly push forward all the way through the digestive system.

What you shouldn't do

Swallowing a huge amount of chewing gum at a short span might cause a blockage in the digestive system or the choke in the throat as the size of the gum is huge.

This is dangerous as you might suffocate yourself if the ball of chewing gum is unable to pass through the throat.

Therefore, refrain from chewing more than two gums at a time.

In addition if the diameter of the gum is bigger than the digestive tract, it is unable to pass through, so does other food.

Nevertheless, it is extremely rare.


Conclusion is , the chewing gum will end up in your poop and the toilet bowl.

In the mean time, you might suffer some bad contractions such as stomachache, lack of appetite and nausea, these are the side effects.

So, don’t play around when you are chewing a gum. Chew, suck but remember to spit out!

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author avatar brendamarie
7th Aug 2015 (#)

great article

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author avatar peachpurple
8th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks brenda. I really needed a good push. You made my day happy

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author avatar Legend
9th Aug 2015 (#)

The real danger is inhaling the gum. That is very serious - getting out can be a very sticky operation

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author avatar peachpurple
10th Aug 2015 (#)

Inhaling gum you mean that glue used for glue the carpet?

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Aug 2015 (#)

Good article! I don't chew gum anymore. Blessings.

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author avatar peachpurple
11th Aug 2015 (#)

thanks kingswell,good riddance for the chewing gum

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