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IS IT SAFE TO LET CHILDREN DRINK COFFEE?

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    IS IT SAFE TO LET CHILDREN DRINK COFFEE?

    what would you say is the right age to let children drink coffee?
    does drinking coffee during a pregancy increase the chances of complications?
    what is the chances that a child would crave coffee because of the mothers consumption during the pregancy?

    just wondering?
    some people have pearly whites.....others drink coffee!

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    Cindy, welcome, and from the MAYO clinic in the US:

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/invoke.cfm?id=AN00549
    If your java tastes bitter: ASK QUESTIONS.
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    I think it's save to drink coffee while pregnant, but you should not drink more than 3 cups of coffee, 300 ml each.

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    I think it's bad when children drink coffee, as well as when they drink wine.

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    I think coffee or tea would be better than Mountain Dew !!
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    I would say there is no deffinitive age for allowing a child to drink coffee. But really, how much more energy do your kids need? Odds are they'll hate the taste of it anyway.

    If it was up to me, I'd give them a latte made with brewed coffee instead of espresso shots. Still some caffiene, but they'll like the taste more, and they worn't be wired. Plus, they get their daily regiment of calcium. mmm mmm good.
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    a coffee drinker since the age of 4! aha 4

    i'm a coffee addict but i have self control. taking in too much coffee is not good especially if you have a weak stomache. a cup a day would be okay.

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    coffee and stunting growth

    Here are some interesting links:
    http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanheral ... 005111.asp
    and this one that has a LOT of info:

    http://www.anti-aging-guide.com/41coffee.php

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    from a barista

    Please do not inflict your caffine ridden child on the rest of us no matter what you decide. Wired children are more than annoying. I refused to serve anyone under the age of 13 at my shop without their parent being there to control them. Children's brains do not work the same as adults and any drug will have a vastly different effect on them. As to the pregnancy stuff 3 cups is the limit and you should avoid it all together if you are breastfeeding(though they, the health department, say 3 is the limit there as well).

    I have always felt that if a child does not have the palate for black coffee then they are not ready for it in any form. Kids will drink anyting with sugar in it and will swill down a vanilla latte just as fast as they will chocolate milk.
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    I some of you might be overreacting a bit here. My daughter has been drinking coffee since she was 2. She is almost 4 and drinks it with just a touch of cream. We control the amount she drinks. Some kids probably can't have caffeine but for those that can why not.

 

 
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