Every morning you have a fresh cup of coffee waiting for you in the kitchen and every morning your 9-year-old child wants to have it too, at least a sip or two?! The truth is that parents are responsible for introducing the “no” word, and when it comes to children, coffee is a big NO!
Yes, we all love coffee. But, while we drink it for the caffeine boost, coffee is not good for kids.
Studies have confirmed that caffeine can have numerous negative effects on children’s health, such as:
- calcium loss (don’t forget that caffeine is a diuretic)
- lost of appetite
- stomach problems
- problems with concentration
- increased blood pressure
In young kids, it doesn’t take a lot of caffeine to produce these effects.
To be worse, there is a chance that your kid is consuming way too much caffeine already. As you know, teas, sodas, energy drinks, chocolates and some sweets, also contain caffeine.
And the truth is that caffeine can be completely eliminated from the child’s diet since THERE IS NO NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR IT!
How to reduce your child’s caffeine intake
My first suggestion is to read food/drink labels. Choose foods/drinks that contain little or no caffeine. And of course, don’t forget to say NO when your kid asks to drink coffee.
Explain your kid that coffee is a grown up drink and tell them that it can have “kid’s coffee”. Here are some ideas:
- Hot cocoa can be a great kid’s version of black coffee
- Hot chocolate with whipped cream – instead of mocha coffee
- Milkshake is a great replacement for iced coffee or frappuccino
Even though there is a caffeine in cocoa, it still contains much less caffeine than regular coffee. It’s also a great way to get your kid to drink enough milk. Plus, you’ll have a lot of fun together!
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