Pop/Soda for children

Cassie - posted on 12/22/2010 ( 132 moms have responded )

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Do you allow your children to have pop? Is it a regular occurrence or a special occasion type of thing? What age is it appropriate to allow a child to have pop?



*edited to add the word soda to the title since I know it is often referred to differently in different places.

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Vegemite - posted on 12/22/2010

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As a dental nurse i can tell you any drink except unflavoured milk or water is bad for anyone's teeth but especially deciduous (baby) teeth. This includes any kind of soft drink, soda or pop, and all juices and cordials. They all contain sugars and acids, whether it be natural or added it's not good for their teeth. The worst thing to do is give a bottle of anything except water, including milk, as they fall a sleep unless you can wait until their in a deep sleep and clean their teeth. It's very sad when a 2yr old comes in and has to get a heap of teeth removed.

Having said that the occasional treat of anything is just fun and I don't think that's harmful, just give the some water after to wash the sugar and acids from their teeth.

Meghan - posted on 03/16/2011

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Grandparents are the worst for it lol. When he was 20 months we stayed with my dad and I came out from the bathroom and saw J chugging a pepsi. Dad laughed and told me to relax..."you had bottles of pop at this age" Not the point dad!

Jackie - posted on 12/23/2010

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I haven't read all of the comments but I wanted to comment on the acid in drinks. I don't know if it's "folic acid" but there is an acid in soft drinks that triggers your saliva to cause the cavities.
FYI...
"The Academy of General Dentistry published a recent study showing how different soft drinks affect tooth decay (pdf). Most people consider that it is the sugar that causes the decay. This study, however, showed no statistical difference between sugar sodas and their sugar-free derivatives. So what causes the enamel to dissolve?

It’s the acid. Most soft drinks contain one or more acids. Phosphoric and citric acid are common, but malic acid, tartaric acid, and others may also be present. These acids can chelate calcium at higher pHs, meaning they are quite damaging to teeth.

So which soda is the worst? You’ll be surprised! Not Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and other colas. The worst soda measured was… Mountain Dew! Next was Arizona Iced Tea, followed by Sprite and ginger ale. These were 2-4 times as corrosive as the colas.

Another surprise was that A&W Root Beer showed no damage, just as water didn’t (obviously). Brewed black tea and brewed black coffee also ranked well by comparison.

What does this mean to you? Sodas remain a significant health problem for many. As someone who was once hooked on the caffeine/sugar high from sodas, I know how difficult it can be physically and emotionally to break the cycle. That is where EFT can make it so much easier to break that cycle."

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Oh, ok....ya, teenagers....not SUCH a big deal, but definitely not younger children. I guess I'm just of the opinion that NO ONE should drink much else than water. Water is healthy.....our bodies NEED water!

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Mel - posted on 03/16/2011

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my daughter had to have coke from a very young age as they use it to unblock feeding tubes, but actually tasting it, we let her have lemonade every now and again on shopping nights when we get take away, I dont keep cool drink in my house so when she sees us buy it she wants some (shes nearly 3). I would say its about every 3-4 weeks

Meghan - posted on 03/16/2011

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I LOVE diet pepsi and J has had a few sips of it here and there.
But I don't give him glasses of it. Heck, I don't even let him have juice! Water and milk...if he gets bored of water I throw a squeeze of lemon in it and call it lemonade...he doesn't know the difference.

Sarah - posted on 03/16/2011

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my 2 and 4 year olds do NOT drink soda even on a monthly basis. My one year old has never had so much as a sip, and the older two old only have the few times their dad has taken them to the movies. There, they were allowed to split small caffeine free soda if they wanted. They've done that twice...maybe three times in their entire lives.

Other than that, their liquid intake consists of 8 oz or less fruit juice, at least 12 oz, up to 20 oz of milk, and as much water as they want in a day.

I will admit that twice I have allowed them a sip of soda; but only because we were at the park and they had finished their water when we discovered that the water fountain was out of order. In those cirmucmstances, I figured that soda would be better than dehydration!

If you don't let your kid drink or eat the unhealthy junk, they won't think twice about it! My four year old does not have any problem turning down unhealthy food. He never gets upset that he can't have it, and in fact all my kids prefer fruit, vegetables, and water to candy, cakes, and sugary drinks. Start them out right early, and they will stick with it their entire lives.

I have a bad habit of drinking soda; its something my parents did daily as did their parents. I am currently trying to give up Dr. Pepper, my biggest downfall, and boy is it hard! I don't want my kids to worry about bone loss, bad teeth, low energy, and general yuckiness, not to mention potential caffeine addiction! I'm giving it up to give them a better role model!

Lady Heather - posted on 03/16/2011

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She's not even two, so no. I don't know when she'll have it for the first time. Maybe when she's in school and has a birthday party to go to? We don't drink pop so it's not likely to come up otherwise.

We did give her a sip of club soda once. That was funny. She did not care for the fizz.

Nikkole - posted on 03/16/2011

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My son is 3 and his grandparents would give it to him ALL the time we had to wean him off he gets water,juice, and milk now and he gets sprite every once in a while, we buy soda a lot but we tell them its for grown ups and thats it my daughter will NOT have any for a while if i have anything to do with it!

Brandi - posted on 03/16/2011

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My kids are 6 and 4. They only get water or milk. Unless we got out to dinner then I will allow them to have a Sprite. I am very strict about this because my mom never made me drink water or milk, and now I HATE them both. I know you should drink 8 glasses of water a day, but honestly, I don't even remember ever drinking 1 glass of water. I am addicted to sweet tea.

Siobhan - posted on 03/16/2011

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I have given my son pop a hand full of tyms, he wil b 2 nxt month, he has had diet coke but on a sip of someone elses. i have given him things like lemonade and hes had limeade before 2. i wont b given him limeade agan though as that nyt when i gave it to him he was bouncing of the walls and wouldnt calm down for bed. that was the 1st an last tym. lol. my son tends to drink water or squash, sometimes tea for a drink. but i dont stop him having pop but at the same time i dont give it to him on a regular basis

Siobhan - posted on 03/16/2011

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I have given my son pop a hand full of tyms, he wil b 2 nxt month, he has had diet coke but on a sip of someone elses. i have given him things like lemonade and hes had limeade before 2. i wont b given him limeade agan though as that nyt when i gave it to him he was bouncing of the walls and wouldnt calm down for bed. that was the 1st an last tym. lol. my son tends to drink water or squash, sometimes tea for a drink. but i dont stop him having pop but at the same time i dont give it to him on a regular basis

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My son is 3 yrs old and just has diluted fruit juice.
However he has had lemonade a couple of times - birthday parties etc.
But i dont make a regular thing of it.

Corinne - posted on 12/24/2010

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Last year my M.I.L saw fit to give my daughter (3yrs at the time) a glass full of soda. Needless to say I went off my nut as she'd never had it before, and hasn't since, because she spent the rest of that day bouncing off the freakin' walls. :(

Vegemite - posted on 12/24/2010

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soda water is not as bad as the others because it has no sugar and only carbonic acid but it is high in salt.

Mary - posted on 12/24/2010

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According to my former Nutrition/Dietetic instructors I had in culinary school, there is evidence that people who drink alot of carbonated beverages on a daily basis tend to gain more of the deep belly fat that gets in between the organs and is a bigger threat to their health than the surface fat that we gain on our legs & arms. What I was told is that people who drink alot of these types of beverages tend to gain more of that fat, quicker & have a tougher time trying to lose that fat when they diet & drink only diet or non-sugar carbonated beverages, than people who don't drink carbonated beverages at all.

Sherri - posted on 12/24/2010

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Is carbonation really not good for them? I purchase carbonated water for my son all the time he prefers it so much better than water from the tap.

Mary - posted on 12/24/2010

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I don't buy any carbonated drinks at home. Occassionally, when we go out, the kids choose a non-caffeinated soda. I did not allow them to drink soda before the age of about 4. I do explain to them, frequently, that sodas have lots of sugar & some have caffeine (& what that is), as well as, explaining the carbonation is not good for them. I use the term "sometimes food" to explain that it isn't something they should drink everyday. (I got the term off of Sesame Street & I think it works well to explain frequency.)
This seems to work well for my kiddos. They do order Sprite or Rootbeer sometimes when we're at restaurant, but not always, nor do they accept sodas all the time, when they are at friends' houses that have them. Hopefully, I've done a good job of allowing my kids to choose for themselves & impressing upon them the importance of limiting the consumption of less/un-healthy foods.

Lady Heather - posted on 12/24/2010

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No, but I suppose being only 18 months old it would be weird if I had. I don't know when she will first have pop. Maybe at a birthday party when she's older? We don't keep it in the house or drink it ever so there won't be much opportunity.



In my house growing up it was a birthday/Christmas thing only. I think I first tried it when I was 5 and I didn't like it. It wasn't until I was about 10 that I actually liked the fizziness of it and then by the time I was about 18 I couldn't stand the sugar anymore. I'm glad it wasn't a regular thing at my house because I feel like my parents spared me the need to "give up soda". Always I see that as being a problem with people trying to lose weight and get healthy and whatnot. For me it's never been an issue.

C. - posted on 12/23/2010

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We allow our son to have diet caffeine-free pop once in a long while. He doesn't get it very often at all. And yes, sometimes we use it as a treat. It's sugar-free and has no caffeine, so he won't be bouncing off the walls.. And since it's only once in a while, we don't see it as that big of a deal. Sometimes it's caffeine-free diet dr. pepper, or c-f diet cola (pepsi or coke).



*Edited to add: He's 2 1/2. We didn't start giving him pop until he was almost 2.*

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I think its fine at any age on occasion. Obviously kids shouldn't be drinking it all the time but as toddlers mine did get a sip of mine every once in a while. Now that they are a little older I will let my kids have a soda on special occasions like July 4th or a big family get together. Its pretty rare for them to even want it which is surprising because we always have it in our fridge.

Vegemite - posted on 12/23/2010

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the acids found in soft drink are phosphoric acid (colas), citric acid (citrus flavours) and carbonic acid in all soft drinks including soda water. These like all food acids, natural or added are bad for your teeth and if exposed to them enough they will cause erosion and the sugars in turn cause decay to the weakened tooth enamel. The acids and sugars work together.

Posted by miss dental nurse while she enjoys a big glass of water, caffeine, phosphoric acid, sugar (high fructose corn syrup), cola nut(caffeine and theobromine), sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, potassium sorbate, ascorbic acid (vit C) and carbonic acid or coke hahaha

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Becky there's caffeine in chocolate so im guessing there is a minuscule amount in chocolate milk

Jodi - posted on 12/23/2010

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(insert that annoying whiney voice here)

Jenn got laaaiiid, Jenn got laaaiiid....... :P





....okay, sorry :|

Jenn - posted on 12/23/2010

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OK - so I stand corrected on the citric acid thing. I'm not sure why I even cared last night - must have been feeling bitchy because I hadn't got laid in over a week. I'm all better today. ;)

I know here, pop does not have caffeine except for Cola, Mountain Dew, and Barq's. I don't consider things like Red Bull pop - that's an energy drink and they all of course have caffeine as that's the point of them.

Jess - posted on 12/23/2010

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Ava loves soft drinks ! Coke and pepsi are her favourite. She only ever gets a few sips or she gets the mc donalds cup once the ice is all melted so its like 99% water and 1% syrup, so gross. But she loves it.

Mary - posted on 12/23/2010

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Well, my 2y/o has only had watered-down juice a handful of times in her life, so the probability of her having soda anytime soon is almost zip. I'm not much of a soda person myself. I only drink it if there is no other alternative, which for me means I'm out somewhere and feel the need for caffeine, and iced tea isn't a choice. (and, btw, that sugary canned crap with "lemon flavoring" will not suffice!)

I doubt she'll ever drink much of it until she's living elsewhere, since I only buy it when entertaining.

Ez - posted on 12/23/2010

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No I do not allow my almost-2yr old to have soda. I don't think it's good for adults (although I am a bit of a Coke Zero fiend), let alone kids. And I'm pretty confident she wouldn't like it anyway. She doesn't even like juice. She's quite happy with water and milk before bed.



I guess in a couple of years if we are at a party and she wants a lemonade or something, I will allow it. But it will not be a regular thing. We weren't allowed to regularly drink Coke or other soda until we were teenagers.

Sunny - posted on 12/23/2010

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Noah is allowed plain mineral water or mineral water and lemon or grapefruit. He likes the bubbles and there is no sugar, win win really

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Well, if it has chocolate, it's very likely chocolate milk has caffeine in it. But really, I don't think it'd be enough to make a difference.

Becky - posted on 12/22/2010

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Does chocolate milk have caffeine in it? I'm not crazy about giving my kids caffeine, but the few sips of coke Cole gets, hopefully don't do any harm. I'm more concerned about how much caffeine is in the chocolate I let him (although I shouldn't!) eat.

Vegemite - posted on 12/22/2010

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kool aid! that's what cordial is call in America, I couldn't think of it before

Sherri - posted on 12/22/2010

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Ya definitely not before a teenager Dana. Young children have no business having any of it except on extremely rare occasions.

Meghan - posted on 12/22/2010

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I don't think Dana is talking about teenagers though Sherri...not that I want to speak for her.

Sherri - posted on 12/22/2010

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Dana here it isn't a big deal to have teenagers have caffeine. Before they are teenagers not acceptable. Most of the high school students you see walking into school every morning with their coffee mugs full of coffee or their Dunkin Donuts cups. High school is when i was allowed to start having coffee too. I allow my older two coffee on the weekends and if we go out for breakfast they are allowed to order coffee as well. Not there yet to allow it during the week though probably in the next year or two I will though.

Nichole - posted on 12/22/2010

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My son has never had it (he's 15 months), and if I can keep others from it, my goal is not to expose him to it until he is in preschool or kindergarden (basically when his friends all have it). And then it will be just non-caffinated. He will be allowed soda "regularly" then, but limited. He still will drink mostly water, juice, & milk. I'd be more apt to offer "koolaid" than soda. I am undecided on when to introduce caffinated sodas.

Lindsay - posted on 12/22/2010

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Sara, Everything is called "coke" here too. If someone asks for a coke, it's generally followed by "what kind?".



I'm a big coke drinker. I have at least one a day and my preferred choice is Diet Dr. Pepper. I know it's not great for me but it is what it is.



My kids are 5 and 4. They do not get any types of coke in the house...ever. If we go out to dinner, they are allowed to order what they want. Sometimes they may be a Sprite but it's rare. They usually order milk or most often, they get chocolate milk since we don't keep that in the house. We went to a Christmas party last weekend and I didn't even think to pack extra drinks with us. When we got there, the only choices of drinks were pepsi and dr. pepper. Everything else had alcohol in it so obviously was a no go. The kids ended up having somewhere are 2 glasses of pepsi filled half-way throughout the party. That's by far the most sugar-caffeine they've consumed in one day ever. Let's just say that I remembered exactly why I don't give them those things! ;-P Sheesh! They wore me out. But I'm pretty sure they burned through that sugar as well. lol

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Round these parts we call all sodas/pop "coke." If a restaurant has a fountain to fill your own cups, you order a coke. If you are at a sit down restaurant the waiter will typically ask, "What kind of coke do you want?"

Anyway...

I ♥ Dr. Pepper.

We don't keep cokes in the house. But we enjoy them when we go out. Eliza will typically get a cup with half sprite, half water. But then she wants to take over my cup of Dr. Pepper. Because she wants it, I've started limiting myself, so she won't get it! I'm afraid she's a soda/pop/coke lover...and she doesn't even get it that often.

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MOST brand name pop has caffeine. Typically rootbeer doesn't but Sherri is correct, Barqs does. I can't believe you're not concerned about caffeine....WOW! Different strokes for different folks, I guess!

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I don't know about anyone else's thoughts, but I think the sugar/aspartame content in soda is much worse than the caffeine content. Caffeine doesn't rot your teeth like sugar can, and some people (like me) are not sensitive to it. Caffeine puts me to sleep, has never made me hyper, even when I was little. I have to have a nice fruit smoothie to stay away if I'm running on fumes, not an energy drink or coffee.

Though coffee is freaking awesome to me. The only thing I guess I have against it is yes, it's addictive. Does it affect my health? My doctor says no. Besides, I have a cup once a day, maybe three or four days out of the week.

If anything, it should be the addictive qualities of caffeine that make a parent not want to give his or her child coffee or soda or chocolate. Pair that caffeine with tons of corn syrup and a little bit of flavor and tada! Teeth-rotting energy and worthless calories that turn to fat if you don't burn them off with exercise! So extended use of soda or coffee or chocolate in children? Not a good idea. An occasional treat when they're older, like ten or more? Eh, it's not going to kill them.

Vegemite - posted on 12/22/2010

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red bull

jolt

pepsi

mountain dew

are the top for caffeine. Others that may surprise you are sunkist orange, root beer, creme soda and mellow yellow. I have a health condition which means no caffeine.

Sherri - posted on 12/22/2010

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Barqs rootbeer does too that is why their ads read Barqs has bite. It is the only rootbeer on the market that has caffeine.

Jodi - posted on 12/22/2010

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Yeah, coke, pepsi and mountain dew do, but not the others, unless they are those ridiculous energy drinks.

Sherri - posted on 12/22/2010

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Only some sodas have caffeine in them. Mostly Mountain Dew, the Barqs rootbeer and colas. Most sodas don't. I am sure I am forgetting some.

I for one don't mind if my older two have caffeine I let them drink coffee and tea but they are teenagers. I don't allow my four old to have it though other then through chocolate.

Honestly though the caffeine is the least on my list of concerns about soda. Mostly mine are calories, sugar and truly just the lack of nutritional value for my kids. There just in my opinion is no need for young children to be subjected to it other than a very rare treat.

Jaime - posted on 12/22/2010

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You're right Jodi, there are some sodas that don't contain caffeine...but in NA there are a lot that do. Pepsi, coke, mountain dew and I'm sure there are others I'm missing. I'd say that pepsi and coke are the number one sellers over here.

Jodi - posted on 12/22/2010

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@ Dana, not all pop contains caffeine, unless we are talking about different things when we talk pop/soda. Lemonade (sprite) doesn't. In fact most flavours don't here.

Jaime - posted on 12/22/2010

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Gray doesn't drink pop at all and I won't be encouraging him to do so. His daily choices are milk and water. Once per week or two I give him a glass of juice that is half water. I give Gray sweets every now and again, but they're definitely not a staple in his diet....although you wouldn't know it from the way he can zero in on a timbit box like a hawk! I just think that allowing our kids to start bad habits will only set them up for struggles in the future. If I didn't drink pop or eat chocolate now, I'd be MUCH better off..but because I have been habitually and emotionally eating/drinking, I have the daunting task of harnessing a shit ton of will power to redirect my habits. Health is so vital and important and if kids can get a handle on it now, I say they are much better off. Soda/pop is not necessary, but if it's given to a child at all, it should only be for a special occasion in my opinion.

Vegemite - posted on 12/22/2010

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that's right Julianne you need to wait a while and give water right after.

*edit If the full hour is not possible for whatever reason it's better to rinse with water and brush than not brush at all but brushing twice a day is enough. Brushing too much will cause wear which makes teeth more susceptible to decay.

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