Kids And Tea: Is Tea Okay To Drink At A Young Age?
Numerous experts say that drinking tea is okay for children, and is even healthier than many other drinks, as long as certain restrictions are followed.
According to the Kidshealth.org site, the biggest concern for children is the amount of caffeine being consumed. The site also says that the US hasn't developed any guidelines for kids and caffeine intake, but Canadian guidelines recommend no more than 45 milligrams a day which is the equivalent of what can be found in a can of soda.
Decaffeinated teas are good for children and much healthier than most sugary colas and fruit juices especially when little to no sugar is added. Dr. Lisa Watson, a naturopathic doctor, says that teas such as English breakfast, chai, and orange pekoe should be avoided due to their caffeine content. However, she recommends many other teas for children.
For example, she says that there are many different teas that are good for a child's health. Children can be served tea to calm their nerves such as chamomile or to give them relief from a sore throat such as slippery elm. She also says that ginger tea is good for nausea while teas for fever might include lemon balm, chamomile, and elder flower.
There are even tips for preparing tea for children. Experts often suggest a weaker tea, as children tend to prefer the taste, and they suggest letting it infuse for a shorter time to weaken the strength. If it is still too strong, water can be added to weaken the taste even further. Sometimes adding milk will alter the taste and add the benefit of calcium. The experts also suggest that it is wise to serve it at a cooler temperature, either room temperature or lukewarm especially for very young children.
In addition, children do not have to be restricted from herbal teas. Often lower in calories than fruit juices and other drinks, these include chocolate, fruity, peach, or raspberry flavored teas. It is also possible to have a tea party for a child and their friends. Any of the growing tea shops that sell loose leaf tea should be able to give advice on which teas would be good for children.
Kids can have fun when making tea using loose leaf tea and a tea infuser that can sit in a mug. They will have fun watching the tea leaves grow and expand.
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