We’ve seen it before, a toddler taking a sip of beer or wine during a celebration, and then acting drunk afterwards. It might seem endearing and cute, or even funny at the time, but there is a real risk when it comes to letting your toddlers drink even just a small amount of alcohol. It’s
We’ve seen it before, a toddler taking a sip of beer or wine during a celebration, and then acting drunk afterwards. It might seem endearing and cute, or even funny at the time, but there is a real risk when it comes to letting your toddlers drink even just a small amount of alcohol.
It’s more common than parents realise
While other parents might not actively make their children drink alcohol during holiday celebrations, in some cases, curious toddlers do pick up glasses of wine or beer that some people leave. They might mistake it for juice or soda, and then start drinking it. The scary part is that it’s much more common than parents realise since you won’t always pick up signs of being drunk from a toddler.
Dr. Erica Michiels says, “It does not take a lot of alcohol (to get kids drunk). Toddler bodies are not mature enough to process alcohol.”
She adds that if a child’s blood alcohol levels reach around 0.05, they will start having problems because their livers can’t process the alcohol. This can cause them to have low blood sugar which can cause seizures, comas, and possibly death.
The toddler can also become accustomed to the alcohol
Another problem that can arise, especially if parents tolerate or even encourage their kids to drink alcohol, is that the toddler can become accustomed to the alcohol.
A toddler who’s used to drinking alcohol can accidentally overdose, especially if you leave them alone and they find their way to a wine bottle or a glass with alcoholic drinks. Usually, toddlers don’t like the taste of alcohol, and that prevents them from drinking it. But toddlers who get used to drinking alcohol won’t have anything to stop them from drinking large amounts of alcohol.
Most doctors agree, letting your child drink alcohol, at any age, is a bad idea. That’s why parents need to always keep an eye on their kids and make sure to keep any alcoholic drinks well away from their children.
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