So I'm wondering what the norm is across the pond. In the UK do kids as young as four drink tea? I'm sure not all of them, but is it considered weird if they do?
My 12yo loves tea and will have it if I have the kettle on. He and my eldest also love iced tea when it is hot and took bottles of it to school last summer to drink throughout the day. Their friends liked it too!
My mum is a tea-belly. Every change of pace in the day is accompanied by the kettle boiling. She probably drinks at least a dozen cups a day I would think but it is mostly decaff Earl Grey nowadays.
I've never heard official advice given on tea drinking but I haven't seen a health visitor for years
Tea can reduce uptake of iron in the diet, but without being aware of the science, I should think one cup every now and again, or daily is hardly going to send her into a state of micronutrient deficiency.
I'd rather she had a cup of tea over some horrid soft drink with artificial sweeteners.
When she was two she got hold of my (i thought) empty coffee cup, and drank all the dregs. She did not blink till the afternoon! She has never had any since, she thinks it smells horrid.
Dalerose, I don't think the odd cup will do any harm for a child. I think the big issues are giving it to a baby in a bottle with loads of sugar and having it with meals, which affects the absorption of iron.
|The advice these days is not to give it at all as it depletes iron and contains caffeine.|
Most people I know who did give their small child tea - give them a drop of tea in a cup of milk! They think they are getting something really special then and being just like mummy/daddy! hehe
I don't like tea - well I drink a lot of herbal teas but never just plain black tea. My son has never been interested in trying it. He won't have anything unless its room temp though so that might be one of the main reasons why! lol
I don't think a little bit can hurt...its not my cup of tea though (ha! lol)...
Haha, you didn't ask about alcohol -- I think the legal English age to let kids have that at home with their parents is 5yo or 8yo... anyway, starting at 8yo we let the kids have a little bit of alcohol, very watered down, once on the weekend -- as soon as the novelty wears off they forget all about this 'adult' privilege, and never ask for it anymore.
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We don't drink much juice so tea is a great for changing things around taste wise...
My two youngest also love grain coffee (no caffeine) and I remember drinking that when I was very young also...
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DS hasn't had black tea (He's only just turned 1 - maybe in a couple of years), but has had camomile tea to settle his stomach once or twice.
Tea can provide great health benefits for kids. However, it's recommended for the tea to be caffeine-free and low-sugar. Both can be found in a lot of tea's on the market- making something with a lot of health benefits, unhealthy.
I live in US but I am from Russia. You know what I think is crazy? I think it is crazy that kids in US drink soda.
My kids always drunk normal caffenated tea from Earl Grey to Yorkshire gold.
Tea is very healthy and good for you. Caffeine is OK in moderation.
Iron depeletion? Weak adrenals?
I do not know....I did not see scored of anemic adrenal depleted kids in my childhood.
Tea is drunk in many cultures. It has many anti cancer and pro heart benefits.
We drink tea straight, wihout sugar or milk