There has been a myth doing the rounds about coffee and the effect it has on your child’s growth. So as a concerned parent, you might have wondered whether or not coffee will stunt your child’s growth should he or she drink it.
No, coffee will not stunt your child’s growth. Research has suggested that caffeine can reduce calcium absorption, however, this has a minimal effect and will not affect your child’s growth.
Take caution though, this does not mean that your child can consume the same amount of coffee as you do on a daily basis.
Let’s explore this in further detail.
Is Coffee Safe for Children?
Yes, coffee is safe for children. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
The type of coffee you give your children needs to be a healthy type of coffee. Black Coffee is considered to be a healthy type of coffee, so it is a good choice of coffee for children to consume. They might not be fond of the taste though, and they might like it to be sweeter. Instead of adding sugar, why not try to add some honey instead?
As with adults, one needs to monitor a child’s caffeine intake because caffeine has a greater effect on the body of an adolescent when compared to the body of an adult.
How Coffee can be Bad for Children
When coffee is not consumed in moderation, it may have the following effects on children:
1.) It may result in reduced sleep
Caffeine is known to have a longer-lasting effect on a child’s body when compared to an adult’s body. It can therefore result in reduced or disrupted sleep and can cause them to be tired during the day.
2.) It can increase blood sugar levels
Certain types of coffee drinks are high in sugar. When these types of coffee drinks are not consumed in moderation it can increase blood sugar levels. This can lead to obesity, heart disease, and various other health problems.
How Coffee can be Good for Children
The usual health benefits associated with caffeine is valid for children as well. Moderate caffeine consumption can lead to the following:
It lowers the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease
It lowers the risk of getting Cancer
It lowers the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes
It lowers the risk of Liver Disease
How much Coffee is Safe for Children?
Adults can safely consume up to 400mg of caffeine per day (5 x 240ml cups) without suffering from the side-effects associated with the consumption of large amounts of caffeine.
For teens between 12-18 years old, however, a daily limit of 100mg of caffeine is recommended. Keep in mind though, caffeine is not only found in coffee and is also present in tea, soda, and energy drinks.
While the consumption of coffee does not stunt your child’s growth, you need to monitor their intake of caffeine as it can be found in other drinks such as tea, soda, and energy drinks. Coffee has various health benefits, but when coffee is not consumed in moderation it can have negative effects on a child’s body.
NB: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.