Wow. I thought Melbourne was renowned for it’s coffee. But apparently Boston is the place to let your kid ingest caffeine.
A surprise in a study in the US found that 15% of parents were giving their kids caffeine. The original article from Boston Medical Centre showed that 2.5% of kids under the age of one, and 15% of those under two were being given, on average an ounce a day (30ml), but in some cases up to 100ml per day.
There has not been a lot of research on this. Indeed, we use caffeine in premature infants if they have difficulties with breathing. But as a thirst-quencher?
The American Academy of Paediatrics notes increased levels of depression, type 1 diabetes, sleep disturbances, substance abuse and obesity. One of the few studies on toddlers specifically revealed 2-year-olds who drank coffee or tea between meals or at bedtime had “triple the odds of being obese in kindergarten.”
So, given that Melbourne has been voted as having the best coffee in the world – I’m interested in the local experience.
Have you given your toddler coffee?
If so, would you give them a whole cup a day?