Coffee/caffiene for Kids?

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I have taught at the middle school level for years, and it's common for the kids to stop at the corner store to pick coffee or Monster/Redbull drinks. It's been going on for so long and no one seems to bat an eye. Come to think of it, I started drinking coffee on a regular basis in 7th grade, while walking to school. Stop at the corner store. But it seems to get younger and younger. I also teach at the elementary level in a pull-out program, and I had an interesting conversation with my 4th graders. Almost all of them (19 students) drink some kind of coffee drink, and a good dozen drink Monster drinks. For now, I don't have to worry about my 5 year old. When we go to Starbucks, which is a rarity, he'll get juice or a kid's cocoa. At home, he likes to help me make my coffee, but won't drink it. Then I saw something that advertisers target the high school age group for energy drinks! That's insane!


Charlie - posted on 04/16/2010




The fact that France , Denmark and Norway have banned red bull all together and that children and teens are drinking more than one can to get " high " combined with the warnings on the bottles should tell most people these drinks are not safe in the hands of children , especially when majority of deaths occurred when drinking only four drinks in one day .

Charlie - posted on 04/16/2010




Cooper only gets milk , water and watered down juice on special occasions or a banana smoothie made from soy , honey and yogurt .

We drink coffee in our house and cooper and i regularly go out to meet with friends for coffee at cafes , i have my weak cap and cooper has a bubbacino which is basically the white frothy milk with a sprinkling of cocoa dust on top , i didnt start drinking coffee till i was 18 , i always thought it tasted gross , as for those energy drinks , i think its dangerous to sell to children for the mere fact quite a few kids have died already from consuming too much and going into cardiac arrest in some cases .

Johnny - posted on 04/15/2010




I am a total coffee addict. If I don't get it, I even get bad headaches. I should probably wean off of it somehow, but since I don't have any other vices, why bother :) I can not imagine allowing my daughter to have any though, nor any other caffeinated beverage. We do not drink pop or energy drinks, and we have only bough them a couple times since she was born when we were having guests to a party. I won't be allowing her to drink soda pop until she is old enough to buy it for herself. And I plan to make very certain that she understands why it is that I don't want her drinking a lot of it. The only things that she drinks are water and breast milk, and given that she is only 20 months, I can't imagine her having anything else. But I do see parents at the mall (actually usually I see grandparents doing it) giving kids younger than her pop. Ugh. Way to start them on unhealthy habits from a very young age. I have let her try a bit of herbal tea once. She hated it. And I do let her drink water from a Starbucks cup. She calls it coffee. Hmmm... reading this disconnected rant I've just written I think I might need some more coffee.

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LaCi - posted on 04/17/2010




While I am opposed to drinking sugary a fattening things. I will be more than happy to allow m son to have black coffee when he's older, and I give him sips now-he loves his coffee. Being in the higher percentile of height and weight I doubt he has had any growth stunting effects from sleep loss, I started drinking coffee at twelve and still managed to hit 5'11 so If it stunted my growth, thank the universe it did. Black coffee is shown to reduce risk for Parkinsons disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, liver problems, gallstones, kidney stones, alzheimers, and asthma. Studies have show decreased risk of heart disease, others have shown no benefit to the heart but the negative impacts of coffee on the heart have been discredited. This only happens with caffeinated coffee, to decaffeinate coffee you have to roast all the nutritional goodness right out of the bean. The lighter the roast the better your benefits.

Jodi - posted on 04/16/2010




I know I've already responded, but this is actually something I am REALLY bothered by. I honestly can't believe the number of people who don't think caffeine is a problem for their children. It has HEALTH implications. I agree with you Loureen that energy drinks and caffeine drinks should not be sold to children. But unfortunately there is no law that prevents it.

Caffeine is a diuretic it causes water loss from the body (through urination). Especially in summers caffeine is a very bad choice for children and it may cause dehydration.

Caffeine is addictive and if stopped abruptly can cause many withdrawal symptoms like headache, irritability, temporary depression and muscle ache.

The effect of caffeine on children's moods and behavior is another concern. It can be a trigger for hyperactivity.

Caffeine can have effects on the nervous system and may aggravate heart problems in children.

There have also been very strong correlations between stress hormones, accelerated bone loss, and various other issues. Correlations are NOT necessarily causational, but studies are still pending on these issues, because a lot of it is longitudinal, but really, why risk it if you don't NEED to?

If there is no need for caffeine, why take the risk and allow children to consume it?

Besides, a LOT of the drinks with caffeine in them ALSO contain high amounts of me its a no brainer. I do agree that the very occasional caffeine drink is not necessarily going to harm a child, I get that. But why bother when there are so many other alternatives?

Just looking at the list of symptoms it causes tells me I shouldn't let my kids have it. Why get them addicted - they have plenty of adult years to make that decision for themselves.

ME - posted on 04/16/2010




Miles doesn't drink anything but milk, water and juice...he wouldn't know a soda if it jumped up and bit him...I am a coffee addict, but Trav doesn't drink much of it. I will let Miles have it once he's a teenager...but not before. I started drinking it early on...there are certainly worse things one could do!

LaCi - posted on 04/15/2010




We don't generally drink soda, if we do its HFCS free, but we don't really pay attention to caffeine. My son occasionally takes sips of my tea, and he loves occasional sips of my black coffee. If he wants to drink coffee when he's older I don't have a problem with it, I will never buy him the sugary milk loaded nonsense, if you want coffee drink it black. there are SO MANY health benefits with drinking black coffee. I'm very anti energy drink, mostly because of the HFCS and artificial colors and flavors, however, I won't be angry if he gets into the energy drink phase. Honestly they just don't phase me, I drink too much coffee for those tiny amounts of caffeine and supplements to produce any noticeable effect, and they taste like shit.

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I don't keep cokes in the house so that's not an issue. Coffee, yes. I let my daughter try my coffee once because she was begging but she cringed at the taste and hasn't asked again.

When we go to a restaurant, I'll order Dr. Pepper and my daughter enjoys a few drinks from it. And she does enjoy a tiny drink from my Starbucks Frappuccino which I only get for myself less than once a month. I think as a rare treat it's okay. But on a regular basis...NO!

Laura - posted on 04/15/2010




This drives me nuts. To see children drinking the things they do. My daughter (10) has a couple friends who drink frappucinos(I don't even know how to spell it) not often but know that they love cool! Then on a field trip, one of the many girls drinking Coke asked why my daughter can't drink soda and I told her there was nothing good in that drink and caffeine is one of the worst things a kid could drink. Hope she went home and told her mom. My niece and nephew are allowed to drink whatever, whenever. They've had Red Bull at 9:00 at night!?! They are over weight, my nephew has discipline problems at school and while my niece is very nice and a good student she has health (skin) problems and I can only imagine what is lurking, waiting for a few more years of negligence in the diet department to show what damage has been done and can't be reversed. My kids are allowed an occassional soda, but it's kept to a minimum and my kids know the rules. Root beer for root beer floats, orange, grape, cream sodas at picnics or birthday parties but they just get one and if it's at home it's shared. Otherwise it's water, milk and smoothies. Juice rarely enters our home, they never ask for it and I'm not buying it except natural juices to put into the smoothies but only when they're on sale.

Lisamarie - posted on 04/15/2010




When I was growing up (I'm only 21 now) most shops would only serve Redbull to over 16's. I personally have never given my children (3 & 9months) any kind of caffiene or fizzy drinks, sure I drink them and my daughter asks for some, I think she has probably sipped out of it about 5 times and only little sips! I would never walk into a restaurant and order them fizzy drinks and definetely not coffee.

Joanna - posted on 04/15/2010




I can never get over the moms who will order their 2 year old a soda if they go out to eat, or some other situation like that. I know quite a few, and I don't get it... why? Why do they need that? It's not even JUST the caffeine, but just the sugar/calories in those drinks, it's unnecessary, especially for someone as young as 2.

My husband once had our 2 1/2 year old try a sip of his Diet Coke (and I royally chewed him out for it, too, because I don't think there's a need to introduce it at all, even for fun), and she spit it out and was mad at him. So she isn't even interested in it, thank god.

Lea - posted on 03/03/2010




A lot of drug stores will not sell cold medicine to kids and teens. Caffeine is a drug too and drinks with it should not be given to children and teens. Why would you encourage that? I know too many people that wish they weren't so addicted to caffeine.

Jenny - posted on 03/03/2010




I am very anti caffiene with kids. My daughter is 7 and has had pop once and it was from my aunt. We do drink coffee and tea but there is no pop in the house. I haven't bought pop aside from the occasional "mix" for get togethers since I was a teenager.

I was shocked to see most moms at a few recent Bday parties giving their kids diet pop as a safer alternative to the regular stuff. What is so wrong with real juice or *gasp* water? Thankfully they were given as an alternative and my daughter was one of the few to grab water by choice.

Sarah - posted on 03/03/2010




I know a lot of Mum's who give their kids tea Lindsay :)
Personally, i can't stand tea! lol
I didn't even TRY a cup of coffee until i was 18! Now i'm totally addicted to it (i really genuinely am!)

I don't think there's any need for kids to be drinking coffee or energy drinks though.

Lindsay - posted on 03/03/2010




Here we go.....My kids LOVE tea. If we go to dinner, that's what they always order and they drink it at my mom's house (she always has a gallon in the fridge). I won't be taking my kids to Starbucks or buying RedBulls for them anytime soon but I'm not totally against all caffine consumption. If they are having some here or there I don't see an issue. If it's the only drink they are consuming, that's a totally different story.

Jocelyn - posted on 03/03/2010




Have you guys seen that newer energy drink at 7 11 that you need to be 18 years old to buy??

Jodi - posted on 03/02/2010




I don't think it is necessary. None of my kids drink caffeine - we don't even allow Coke!!! However, having said that, I do allow my 12 year old to have a coke occasionally when we go out, but to be perfectly honest, he doesn't choose to have it very often. And he can't stand tea or coffee, so I'm happy with that!!!

With the energy drinks, I can't stand that kids can just walk in and buy as many of those things as they want. They can be dangerous, and shouldn't be sold to children at all. We sell them at our business, and my husband absolutely refuses to sell a child or younger teen one of those unless a parent has given their consent :) He just feels that kids really don't know what they are drinking when they buy those things. However, by law, we are allowed to sell them to anyone of any age.

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I doesn't sound healthy. I would try to deter my son from these drinks and coffee. We have let him taste coffee and he hated it. We occasionally let him have little drinks of mountain dew, but we don't encourage it. He's never tried one of those high energy drinks to my knowledge, but it's not something I would encourage.

Jocelyn - posted on 03/02/2010




Kids in high school, I can totally understand needing caffeine. I was involved in our schools musical theatre program (largest high school production in western Canada) and I was swamped. I was at school until 10 at night, and there on the weekends. Put that on top of me being a geek and studying every night and working, and then getting drunk on the weekends. I was popping caffeine pills like mad just to make it thru the day.
But for younger than (say) 14 years, nope, it is totally unnecessary. My son has on occasion had a sip of my ice cap, or I'll make him a small cup of chai tea, but there is no way in hell that he needs caffeine. I need it just to keep up with him on a normal day! My little sister tho LOVED the taste of coffee when she was little (around 5 yrs or so) and would rip it from my moms hands and just down it lmao, So my mom got her some decaf!

Krista - posted on 03/02/2010




Gad, kids are the LAST people who should be drinking caffeine. I started drinking coffee at age 16, but it was only once in awhile (and even then, it was more like coffee-flavoured milk and sugar!) Those energy drinks are awful, though -- a lot of kids just guzzle them nonstop, and it can't be good for them.

Dana - posted on 03/02/2010




I think it's disturbing. There is no reason for a child to drink any crap like that. If they are it's only for the "cool" factor and I really don't want to raise my child thinking that a $5.00 cup of coffee is "cool" when I think it's completely ridiculous. Same goes for the energy drinks, "cool"....whatever....
Now if we could bottle up their energy...

Cassie - posted on 03/02/2010




I hate it!! Kiera has never even had any juice, let alone a caffeinated drink. She's only a toddler but still, I saw a mother on the welcome page suggest that another mother use 7-UP (not caffeinated but still pop) or any other kind of pop to wean the baby off of the breast and onto a bottle. Children under the age of 5 should never have caffeine. Maybe a pop with a special dinner out for children 5-10 but that should be a rare, special treat and should be something without caffeine.

Sharon - posted on 03/02/2010




NOPE. Don't agree with it.

Energy drinks or caffeine are not for kids. Neither are sodas/pop.

My kids don't get any of that - EXCEPT my 14 yr old. He likes frappachinos from starbucks. He has to buy them with his own money.

It makes me sick to see toddlers sucking on a starbucks cup - they're clear so you can see exactly what they're drinking too. I've seen kids begging their mom (never their dads for some reason) for starbucks - and they give in. I see them trudging over to the starbucks, loaded cart, beaming kid.. ugh its nauseating.

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