A decaf coffee is a coffee drink that has had its caffeine content removed. The following article discusses whether toddlers can drink decaffeinated coffee and the benefits of doing so.
What does a toddler need from a caffeine-free coffee?
Toddlers need some mixture of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and/or minerals.
Does decaffeinated coffee contain caffeine?
Yes, decaf contains a minute amount of caffeine. The exact quantity varies with the method used to remove the caffeine and is usually around 0.1%.
What are some benefits of toddlers drinking decaffeinated coffee?
Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is related to the effects of caffeine on the metabolism. Caffeine increases insulin sensitivity, which results in lowered blood sugar levels.
What special care needs to be taken when giving a toddler decaf coffee?
The following points should be considered before giving toddlers decaf coffee
- Decaf is best for toddlers who do not react adversely to caffeine and can drink it in moderate amounts.
- One should use child-friendly products when making decaf, such as babies’ milk formula instead of cows milk.
What are the possible negative effects on a toddler of drinking decaf coffee?
A toddler is unlikely to experience any negative effects from drinking moderate quantities of decaf coffee. The possible negative effects that may occur in very rare cases include:
- A caffeine overdose, though this will only happen when a child drinks high amounts of decaf and/or has consumed large amounts of caffeinated products like chocolate or cola in the past.
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. This can happen when a child has consumed several cups of coffee in one go.
Toddlers can drink decaffeinated coffee in moderate amounts for health benefits, but should avoid large quantities and consuming lots of caffeine in the past. However, they are unlikely to experience any negative effects from drinking decaf.