Would you let your 1 year plus toddler drink tea? Decaffeinated ones I mean, the common type of tea used here in Malaysia?
I wouldn't! For once, just like coffee, tea has CAFFEINE. However, the main reason for me to forbid him from drinking tea is because tea stops iron absorption so to avoid low iron levels avoid giving them tea. I'm quite concern with this because I have problems with iron deficiency when I was a teen and while I was pregnant last time , resulted in me selalu sangat penat dan nak pitam. So, even though I love tea and coffee so much, I strictly avoided taking them during pregnancy as I was afraid it would harm myself and my baby. Thus after taking all that precautions during pregnancy, it would be a wasted effort if I feed my son tea and coffee at his age now, isn't it?
"Most people love their cup of tea or coffee and there's some evidence that some chemicals in tea may be beneficial for the heart.
But tea and coffee also contain compounds, called polyphenols, which bind with iron making it harder for our bodies to absorb it.
So avoid drinking tea and coffee with meals or within 30 minutes after a meal. This is important particularly for young women, pregnant women and toddlers who are most at risk of iron deficiency anemia.
Pregnant women need to watch how much coffee they drink. And neither tea nor coffee are suitable drinks for children. "
(Source : Google)
The problem now, how do I tell old people that drinking tea is a no no for Irfan? I even cried out of frustration thinking about this because though countless of times I had forbid them from giving him tea, sometimes I still caught them sneaking the tea for him to drink. I'm very concern about my child's health dammit!
But when I asked them what's that they're giving him, they'd say "tak,tak bagi pun. Dia tak minum." Or else they'd lie through their teeth saying it's plain water when I clearly saw them pouring tea into that cup just seconds before. For God's sake, what other ways could I do to stop them? Please lah, stop being irresponsible. Just because you drank tea as a child does not make it right for other babies/toddlers to drink them too!
Esok2 bila anak aku sakit, mula la nak kata 'penyakit dapat dari mak dia la tu.' @$@#!$!@^*#(^!!!!!!!