How much is too much?

Amanda - posted on 04/23/2012 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any good articles on caffeine's effects on toddlers?

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Julie - posted on 05/01/2012

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yes - anything to do with ADD - child abuse etc., - literally we were not allowed any COKE products until we were in Junior High ...

CAFFEINE is a cousin to NICOTINE

♥ Baby your baby while they are little - including their diet... They will be old enough to eat adult things that are bad for their bodies... soon enough

September - posted on 05/01/2012

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Well that’s great you don’t drink juice, most are full of added sugars which yes, are unhealthy. We don't drink store bought juice, we make our own which has no added sugar (only natural sugars) and is super healthy since I use fruits and veggies, its soooo good! It’s not something we drink every day but we do enjoy it from time to time.

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2012

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Thank you Sandy.

September, thank you. We don't drink fruit juice. It is too full of sugar, which is at least as bad if not worse than caffeine. Sugar is also a stimulant that makes people fat.

September - posted on 04/26/2012

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If I were you Amanda I'd just cut the tea out of your child's diet, or offer decaffeinated tea. You could offer water with a slice of fresh fruit or even puree some fruit and add it to the water. Sometimes I’ll make fruit puree and freeze it in an ice tray and pop a couple of cubes into our son’s water, he loves it! You could also make homemade smoothies, homemade juice (if you have a juicer or you could even use a blender). They also make a to go smoothie called Happy Squeeze and you can get them at Target, they are wonderful, organic and super healthy.

Amanda - posted on 04/26/2012

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Vicki,
Yes, adding sugars to iced tea do make it worse, but we drink it with lemon.

September - posted on 04/26/2012

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Here is a link for you. Personally I would never give our 3 year old caffeine. It's not healthy and there are so many other healthy options to offer. Thanks goodness we have a water lover!

http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feed...



ETA: Vicki I see we posted the same link...great minds think alike :)

Shirley - posted on 04/26/2012

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My daughter is 6 1/2 years old and has never had soda or ice tea i asked her if she would like a sip she says no way.She loves Chocolate through

Vicki - posted on 04/25/2012

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Just sugar. Wouldn't have mentioned it except I'd just read it in the article :)

Amanda - posted on 04/25/2012

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Vicki,
thank you for the article. While it was mostly about why children should not drink soda, I did especially like the information on approximately how much caffeine is in certain drinks. That was really helpful.
Amanda

Vicki - posted on 04/24/2012

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http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feed...



Here's one. I don't think it's hard to avoid caffeine for kids. Looking at that article the only intake my son would have would be through the occasional piece of chocolate. Kids don't need to drink anything other than water and milk. If it's the fizz they like get a soda stream and you can make sodas out of diluted juice without all the caffeine and crapola that comes with soft drinks or iced tea.

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2012

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First of all, it is hard to avoid caffeine. Secondly, my family drinks a lot of iced tea, and I know it has caffeine, but I never thought of it as much. However, I am worried that my child is having affects from the caffeine, so I thought I'd reach out to other moms to see if they knew of any good articles about caffeine and children.

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