Why don’t parents allow their kids to drink coffee?

Why don’t parents allow their kids to drink coffee?

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  1. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, and there are concerns in the health community around the effect of this on developing bodies. This relates not only to coffee, but any caffeinated beverage (like energy drinks and soda). Current guidelines recommend a maximum of 35mg a day for small children, up to a maximum of 400mg a day for adults. 35mg is less then half a cup of regular coffee.
    Health Canada Reminds Canadians to Manage Their Caffeine Consumption

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  2. I am also a mom. For me, my biggest wish is that my daughters can be healthier and happier. To be healthier, so I will try to offer nutritious food and drink to them. I think coffee is not healthier for them. They can drink it when they are ready to it.

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  3. We can barely handle it when our kids have a sugar rush! Why makes you think we want to hop them on caffeine too?
    Heavens to Mergatroid that’s like giving a squirrel speed!

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  4. The short answer, is that that is one of the latest fads in the parenting world.
    Health and parenting are two aspects of life where fads are most prevalent and zealously followed. Coffee, unfortunately, is the sacred spot where the 2 fad rivers meet, upon which is erected a monument of parenting, made of parenting books, ill founded health concerns, horror stories and of course cemented firmly by loads and loads of unsolicited advice.
    I have seen parents not let their kids have tiramisu because it has coffee liqueur (“Caffeine” they shake their heads apologetically) and a teeny, tiny amount of alcohol (Gasp!!!).
    Yes, caffeine, in some sense is akin to a drug, and other potential health hazards for a developing child. Yes, it is not recommended.
    But, a child asking to have coffee, isn’t asking for a full pot of dark roast every morning. He is likely asking to taste some, or at the most, have a little bit once in a while. Caffeine is an ingredient in several pain relievers, cold medication etc. Not only that, caffeine is prominently featured in most soft drinks which children in the US consume in some quantity or the other, and with caffeine they also have an un godly amount of sugar, but that is accepted.
    It’s a cultural thing. Parents are far more likely to be judged (in the US, at least) for letting their kids have coffee, than letting them have that fizzy orange drink or cola they love so much.
    So, cutting down on the colas with the kiddy meals at restaurants is far, far more effective at reducing bad health effects on kids, than making coffee sound like some cool, adultly drink that one has to “come of age” for.

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  5. Coffee’s expensive. It would be wasted on them. Besides, they don’t like it so the question never arises. I’m more concerned about the overindulgence in sodas that the advertising agencies push on us – Big Gulps, Slurpees, “sports drinks”,super-sized sugar-laden cocktails which, for that matter, are also often caffeinated. If people are in a hot environment, and genuinely need liquid to stay hydrated, they should drink water. In most western communities, it’s of good quality, free, and readily available. In cooler climates, you just don’t need that amount of liquid. The sugars in most drinks contribute to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. It’s not just colas; my daughter was advised by her dentist to cut down on orange juice, which I’d thought was safe, because it was affecting her tooth enamel. It wasn’t that she drank a lot of it, but just that chances were, if she did have a drink, it would be juice rather than water, milk (or tea or coffee).

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  6. Hell-O they have enough natural energy why introduce them to more adrenaline. Once they feel that feeling it only seems to me they would have other interests that get the body going or racing.. forget pot being a gateway drug, this to me sounds like a gateway to meth or coke? Just my thought.. doesn’t seem right. Not to mention they wouldn’t have the knowledge to know to stop and allow the coffee to kick in and would just keep drinking… God only knows how fast their little hearts would be pounding… Common sense

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