Chocolate might feel like a lovely treat to give to your little one, but chocolate contains sugar which can lead to problems such as weight gain and tooth decay. Introducing sugary foods to your child from an early age can also cause problems with sugar cravings, or developing a sweet tooth, because when we eat sugar, the brain makes us crave more.
Not only that, chocolate also contains caffeine, a stimulant that isn’t suitable for the minds and bodies of babies and young children. It can lead to jitters, stomach upsets, heart palpitations ad headaches, just as it can in adult bodies. A young body will be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine and therefore the side effects can be felt more.
Chocolate contains sugar, which can lead to problems with weight gain, tooth decay and sweet cravings. It also contains caffeine, which is a stimulant, and isn’t suitable for babies and young children. Therefore, avoid giving chocolate to your young child.