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What tea for children? What to choose?

What tea for children? What to choose?

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The healthiest thing to quench your thirst is water, which doesn't mean that kids can't drink anything else. Tea is a very common choice, and in many homes and kindergartens also Bavarian and cereal coffee. However, this article will be devoted not all options, but the most popular drink in Poland, i.e. tea. What tea for children will be appropriate? And when can you give your child the first drink?

What first tea for children?

Breastfed babies do not require drinking during the first 6 months of life. There is no reason to give them teas, juices, water or other products (except vitamin D).

The exceptions are the few situations when an indication to give, for example, arises dill tea. There is a view that dill tea can help fight colic.

For formula-fed infants or older children who are already on a diet, they are allowed fruit and herbal teas. However, these products should be selected so as not to they were an unnecessary source of sugar in the diet, i.e. so-called empty calories. Unfortunately, ready-made teas for babies available in granular form are often very sweet.

Natural fruit teas based on dried fruit have the advantage that they are devoid of stimulants. It is worth paying attention to their quality. They should be free of sugar, dyes and flavors (natural flavors are allowed). It is particularly inadvisable to buy tea with dyes, as these may have a negative effect on concentration in children. They often cause irritability and tearfulness.

Until the age of one, stimulant teas should not be given to children, and these include black and green tea.

What tea for children after 1 year of age? Black or green?

In the second year of life, you can start giving to the child green and black tea. However, they should be brewed in the right way and given in small amounts. Still, the basic way to quench your thirst should be water.

Black tea, beloved by most Poles, undergoes fermentation, which unfortunately deprives it of many valuable ingredients. Because of this, green tea is healthier.

So that black tea does not unnecessarily stimulate the child, but shows sedative properties, the key is the way of preparation. Black tea brew for at least 3 minutes. This brewing time is enough for the stimulants of theine and caffeine to be neutralized by tannins. We brew the black tea in the infuser, then pour into a cup and dilute it with water so that the resulting brew is not too strong.

Green tea in turn, allows the delivery of many active ingredients such as: phenolic compounds, catechins, tannins, mineral compounds (aluminum, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, fluorine), ascorbic acid, theanine, theine and caffeine, some of which have antioxidant effects. Like black tea, green tea has a stimulating effect. It contains caffeine, like coffee, but has a milder and longer effect. For green tea to have a relaxing, calming effect on a child, it is recommended brew for at least 3 minutes and administer diluted. Thanks to this, the child will be able to benefit most from its valuable properties.

Or maybe roibos?

A very good choice for a child is roibos tea, which does not contain caffeine and has a small amount of theine. A small amount of tannins, in turn, makes the tea have a more pleasant taste, devoid of bitterness, typical of green tea. The great advantage of roibos tea is the wealth of antioxidants.

Tea served to a child does not have to be sweetened. It is better to take care of healthy habits and beautiful teeth, avoiding sugar as long as possible. However, if we want to improve the taste of the prepared drink, we can add a teaspoon of good-quality honey to tea, which in autumn days will have a strengthening and beneficial effect on the immune system.