When your child should start drinking tea and coffee… and when is too young
16th January 2022

BRITAIN is famously a nation of tea drinkers, and many people can’t get through a morning without a cup of coffee either.

But are the popular hot drinks safe for kids and teens too?

An adorable clip recently went viral racking up over 1.6million views on TikTok, showing a toddler drinking a mug of tea.

While some found it cute, others were alarmed that he was too young to be having the drink. 

But what do health professionals say?

The American Academy of Pediatrics said it “advises against caffeine for children under 12 and against any use of energy drinks for all children and teens.”

They advised that caffeine should be limited to 100 mg daily for those 12-18 years old.

A mug of tea contains about 75mg of caffeine, while a mug of coffee has about 100mg of caffeine.

Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and Clinical Director of Patientaccess.com, told Fabulous: “Energy drinks, which often contain high levels of caffeine and other additives, have been linked with serious side effects in children. 

“This includes seizures and behavioural or mood issues. However, these serious side effects are usually seen in young people drinking high quantities.

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“One scientific review, which looked at several studies, suggested children and adolescents shouldn’t have more than about one or two cups of tea or one small cup of coffee a day. “They didn’t give a minimum age at which children should avoid caffeine. 

“However, they did point out that children should avoid energy drinks, which often contain high levels of caffeine and other additives, as well as lots of sugar.

“If my patients ask, I explain there’s not clear evidence but say that a single very weak milky tea a day is unlikely to cause problems for children of school age.”

Meanwhile, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children advised that caffeine is a stimulant and can cause your child to stay awake longer and cause them to struggle with sleep.

We shared how the type of coffee you drink could show how healthy your heart is.

And these are the 14 best coffee subscriptions, including Pact and Grind.

Meanwhile, the most expensive coffee served in the UK costs a staggering £50 a cup.

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