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Toddlers Drinking Coffee? Why You Shouldn't Share Your Joe

A survey of Boston mothers and toddlers found that 15 percent of 2-year-olds and 2.5 percent of 1-year-olds drink coffee.
Posted at 3:57 PM, Mar 05, 2015

One-year-olds drinking coffee? Well, as it turns out, it happens. A group of researchers found while some parents are having their morning cup of joe, they are sharing the drink with their toddlers. 

A study found that about 15 percent of Boston two-year-olds drink coffee, and 2.5 percent of one-year-olds were given coffee.

The statistics about coffee consumption were discovered during a Boston Medical Center survey of 315 mothers and infants in the Boston area. Researchers studied infant weight gain and diet.

Researchers found that the toddlers were given between one and four ounces of coffee each day. (Video via Starbucks)

The trend could be associated with cultural practices. The study found that Hispanic mothers were more likely to give infants and toddlers the beverage. Girls were also given coffee more often than boys.

And previous studies discovered that children in Australia, Cambodia and Ethiopia sometimes drink coffee as well.

But young coffee drinkers may be in for more than a buzz. Coffee and caffeine consumption among children has been linked to depression, Type 1 diabetes, trouble sleeping, substance abuse and obesity. 

A separate study has found that two year olds who drink tea or coffee had triple the risk of obesity by the time they entered kindergarten.

The Boston study only looked at mothers who had toddlers and infants in Massachusetts, but researchers say the trend could hold true for the rest of the U.S. as well.

This video includes images from Getty Images.