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While some parents encourage kids to eat sugar-free treats for healthy teeth, certain sugar alternatives, especially sorbitol, can be hard to digest and absorb. I often find that kids who complain of crampy abdominal pain, bloating, and gas chew two packs of sugar-free gum a day! Even small quantities of sorbitol  -- in two or three hard candies  -- can cause symptoms in some children. The solution: If bellyaches are frequent, go back to sugar-sweetened gums and candies in moderation (and make sure kids brush their teeth well).