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Curb that Caffeine in your Child’s Diet

Curb that Caffeine in your Child’s Diet

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Wondering why talk about caffeine in your toddler’s diet? Your child can get caffeine from his favorite chocolate bar or chocolate flavoured milk drink. An occasional sip of tea/coffee can also be a source of caffeine in your toddler’s diet.

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Here are some other foods which can add caffeine to your toddler’s diet:

Limit caffeine containing foods in your toddler’s diet as it has no nutritional value. In fact, it can affect nutritional status of your toddler if it replaces healthy foods such as milk in his/her diet.

Carbonated beverages

Coffee or chocolate ice cream

Frozen yogurt

Iced tea

Cocoa beverage

Milk chocolate

Dark chocolate

Energy drinks

Chocolate brownie

Why worry about caffeine?

Caffeine is a stimulant and can affect your toddler’s brain function

Too much caffeine can cause restlessness, stomach upset, difficulty in sleeping

Caffeine can reduce your child’s appetite. A child who consumes caffeine-containing foods might eat less.

Caffeine containing foods  can replace healthy foods such as milk which offers various important nutrients.

Caffeine is also linked with hyperactivity in children.

Your toddler may be too young to consume excess caffeine. However, watch out for foods containing caffeine so that your toddler does not develop a habit for these foods.

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