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If your child asked at what age would you consider letting them drink tea coffee or other caffeinated drinks? I exclude energy drinks as I dont think theyre particularly healthy for anyone and know they carry warnings. What are your thoughts?

OneeyedRaven
4 months ago
What do you think of this?
KirstyW
KirstyW4 months ago

Not sure about coffee but I had tea from a young age had my own mug, but they can have decaf tea bags

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig4 months ago

My son won't be getting tea, coffee or fizzy drinks with caffeine in until he is 12. That's the recommended age and even then it will be limited. I know there is decaf tea and coffee but still wouldn't give it to him till 12 as there is still caffeine in decaf tea and coffee.

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Lynibis
Lynibis4 months ago

I never gave mine coffee and I do not know anyone who gives their child coffee. But, when little, and more or less fully weaned, mine had very milky tea in their bottle with breakfast. I doubt I would do it now but at that time no one thought anything of it, it was considered quite normal.

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joannecroston
joannecroston4 months ago

My 2.5 year old loves tea. I buy decaff for her and she has max 2 a day and is 50/50 water and milk. I read it doesn't do them any harm and actually contains antioxidants. If sweetened not good and need to be careful with fully caffienated. I allow my 12 & 14 year old the occasional caffienated tea but not in the evenings.

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Janhrrs
Janhrrs4 months ago

I gave my 6 year old grandaughter a milky cup of tea when she asked for one (she didn't like it) but my daughter was very unhappy when she found out. It hadn't occured to me that it might be a problem, all of mine had the odd cup of tea from about 4 years old.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig4 months ago

I wouldn't be very happy if my mother or mother in law gave my son a cup of tea. They always ask me if he is allowed something before they give it to him. It might not seem like a big deal but even small amounts of caffeine aren't recommended for children under 12. Then again I probably am a bit more protective of my son than is normal!

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Janhrrs
Janhrrs4 months ago

MrsCraig I have to say I used to check everything but as my granddaughter has got older and spent more and more time with us it's become more relaxed. I'm just glad my granddaughter didn't like it. Phew ๐Ÿ˜‚. I would not dream of letting her have coke or fizzy drinks but I had never put tea in that group.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig4 months ago

Janhrrs as they get older they do get curious about things and if they see adults drinking it then they will want it too. I suppose it's easy to forget that tea has caffeine because it's not as much as coffee.

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jcd
jcd4 months ago

A weak red bush tea Iโ€™m sure would be fine as itโ€™s caffeine free

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Rockman
Rockman4 months ago

Should kids drink coffee? No, but then why allow them to drink Coca Cola? Coca Cola still contains caffeine, too.

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gaelle0501
gaelle05014 months ago

I was just thinking that. Kids drink coke from quite young from what i can see around me.

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chelseaturpin
chelseaturpin4 months ago

No way not until they're in their teens at least

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