Toddler Nutrition: Is Caffeine the New Milk?
WTF? Am I allowed to say that here? I mean, seriously. I just read an article that says 15% of Boston area toddlers drink as much as 4 ounces of coffee a day. Did I already say WTF? I don’t think I’ve ever read anything more insane.
How is this even happening? People are serving a demi-tasse with a side of goldfish crackers? Or maybe this is the biscotti baby set. How does coffee become a part of infant/toddler nutrition? I’m no health freak (heck, I just gave my son a marshmallow as a bribe for eating half his turkey sandwich). But coffee? I don’t even let my 8-year-old drink caffeinated soda. Do these people not realize that a sleeping baby/toddler is nature’s gift to parents everywhere? Or am I just an old unhip fuddy-duddy? Ok, yes. I admit just using the word fuddy-duddy proves I am one, but I digress.
But coffee? I still can’t wrap my head around it. And the study that revealed this was NOT talking about the coffee a baby may get in breast milk. When researchers looking at weight change and BMI in the first two years of life stumbled on a surprisingly large number of parents listing coffee among the liquids their children were drinking, they decided to insert a specific question into their survey: “Does your child drink coffee? If yes, how many ounces per day?” And yes, I understand that drinking coffee at a young age may have cultural influences – but 15% in the Boston area – JUST in kids 2 and under?
Seriously? Am I out of it? When is the right time to let your kids drink coffee? I would have said when they pull their first all-nighter in college – but what do I know? I still use the word fuddy-duddy.
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