When your child should start drinking tea and coffee… and when is too young

An endearing clip of a toddler drinking a mug of tea recently went viral, garnering over 1.6 million views on TikTok.

While some found it endearing, others expressed concern that he was too young to be drinking.

However, what do health professionals have to say?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “caffeine is not recommended for children under the age of 12 and the use of energy drinks is not recommended for all children and adolescents.”

They recommended that children between the ages of 12 and 18 consume no more than 100 mg of caffeine per day.

A mug of tea contains approximately 75mg of caffeine, while a mug of coffee contains approximately 100mg.

“Energy drinks, which frequently contain high levels of caffeine and other additives, have been linked to serious side effects in children,” Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and Clinical Director of Patientaccess.com, told Fabulous.

“This includes epilepsy as well as behavioural or mood disorders. However, these serious side effects are most frequently observed in young people who consume large amounts of alcohol.

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