Kids and coffee.....

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Kids and coffee.....
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Thu, 01-29-2004 - 8:35am
Do you let your kids have coffee or cappucino? Do you think it is harmful to them?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 01-29-2004 - 9:36am

Good Morning Karla....


Well another cold day here.. no school again today...I'm hoping to get out today..Need food..lol..


Ok, back to your ???? well I don't let my kids have coffee..They have had tea the flavored ones.. But as a kid

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Registered: 09-10-2003
Thu, 01-29-2004 - 9:48am

I never even considered the staining factor! I let my kids drink it all the time and I never even connected their teeth color to the coffee. I recently got teeth whitener for all the kids and it has brightened their teeth back up. I wonder why the dentist never mentioned this to me??? We all get regular check ups (NO CAVITIES!!) and they never told me anything about coffee and teeth.


I do limit the amount my kids drink to just one cup a day (but they don't ask for it everyday)and none if they have some type of testing or big athletic event.


I also grew up drinking tea every day of my life.

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Thu, 01-29-2004 - 10:03am
My 3 yo thinks she's drinking coffee with us, but it's warm milk with a little vanilla - and may a drop of coffee from the pot. She sees us having it and wants to be part of the ritual, but I don't think she's ready for coffee yet. She likes to have herb teas, and that's fine.

I grew up drinking tea every day, with milk and tons of sugar. It was my mom's morning ritual, so I liked to participate.

What's the toothpaste that worked to whiten their teeth? We use Crest complete, but I guess I don't notice if it whitens or not.

Thanks! Michelle

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Thu, 01-29-2004 - 10:47am

Well I guess I don't want to share my coffee also..lol.. No it was the Ortho that told us and actually asked if they drank coffee or tea.. as its harder with the staining for kids to brush with the braces on..


So my lot didn't have it b/4 and thought now w/braces on saw no point in starting now.. The twins are 13 I'm sure soon enough they'll want a cup here and there..


and my ydd doesn't like the taste.. so thats good..lol..


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Thu, 01-29-2004 - 10:54am
We got the Crest Whitening formula. The kids have been using it for about a month now and it appears to have brightened up their teeth. It's nothing like what the bleaching (my sister got bleaching done)can do, but their teeth are brighter.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 01-29-2004 - 12:03pm
I wouldn't say I don't "let" her, the opportunity just doesn't usually come up. I don't drink coffee myself (maybe 2X/year) and don't make it at home, so she never has access to coffee. About once in the summer she will have an iced cappuccino and if she is at my parents', again, about once a year, she will have "coffee" which is really closer to cafe au lait since she fills it with milk and sugar. If I have coffee I have it black and she doesn't like it that way.

I don't think it necessarily "bad" for her, but I don't think its good either. I don't worry about one or two times a year, but more often I'd be concerned. She doesn't get a lot of caffeine soft drinks either. I used to drink coffee in highschool but lost my taste for it after I went to university. Mind you, there I developed a taste for beer. LOL But I've lost that now too and don't drink either. So I assume as she gets to be a teen she'll drink coffee when "out" with friends and I'm sure she'll be fine. We don't drink tea either as I hate that worse than coffee. We prefer the hot apple cider drink. Yummm.

Tam

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Thu, 01-29-2004 - 12:16pm
yes, I have let my kids drink coffee since they were tiny babies. Well, I should say a couple of sips here and there.

My children love cappucino. I see no harm in allowing them small amounts of coffee or cappucino.

What I don't allow is large amounts of soda pops.

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Registered: 05-16-2003
Thu, 01-29-2004 - 12:50pm

My daughter wanted to try coffee for the longest time. I finally got my DH to give her a sip of his (I can't stand the stuff myself)

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Thu, 01-29-2004 - 6:15pm
My DS(10) loves cappacino and flavored coffees; I don't let him have it that often. My DD loves the cappicinos from the little coffee places but doesn't really care for coffee other than that.

I started drinking coffee when I was about 28. I drank one cup a day to help with migraines-basically prescribed by a doctor(I had developed an allergy to aspirin)I had so much flavoring in it though that you wouldn't know it was coffee. Now I can't drink it at all(doesn't agree with me)Once a year at Christmas time I will go to the little coffee place and get a real eggnog latte.

My latest addiction is Oregon Chai lattes-its tea instead of coffee. They are so good but very sweet.

Dana


Edited 1/29/2004 6:17:20 PM ET by ckjd

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Sun, 02-01-2004 - 9:35am

The only thing my daughter drinks is Milk or water. She will not touch

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