Tea For Toddlers?
In the morning, I want to ask my son who is 19 months old and this month, I don’t want to drink formula milk or UHT anymore but want to drink tea, is tea dangerous for toddlers? What’s the effect if toddlers don’t drink milk anymore? N
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Toddlers still really need various nutrients contained in milk, especially calcium in milk. Milk is the most important source of calcium and babies and toddlers still really need this calcium to ensure proper growth of their bones and teeth, so you should keep trying to give milk to your children. If the child still doesn't want to drink milk, you should try to increase the consumption of other foods or drinks that are high in calcium, for example cheese, yogurt, fish (especially sardines), tofu, green vegetables, etc. You can also serve milk in other forms, for example making milk pudding or ice cream out of milk (pay attention to keep limiting sugar in these foods).
Tea in small amounts and occasionally is fine for your toddler. However, do not give tea as a substitute for milk for children because the nutritional content in tea cannot replace milk. In addition, excessive tea consumption can interfere with the absorption of iron which is also very important for children's health. Excess tea consumption can also disrupt children's sleep, making them more restless and fussy due to the caffeine content in tea.
It is better if you discuss your child's problem with the Pediatrician.
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