Mint is an herb with amazing properties and excellent health benefits. Still, up to a certain age, it is inadvisable. Find out, with Baby on Board, from what age you can give mint to children, according to experts.
When children’s food diversification begins, new questions arise in parents’ minds about the most and least safe food products for baby.
In fact, the introduction of foods should be done progressively, taking into account the needs of the little ones and any problems that may arise from feeding them to the little ones.
From baby’s first soup to healthy pizzas for kids, the leap is quite big and the process of introducing food products should be respected, so that your child can grow up healthy and safe.
Mint is a medicinal plant that generates some questions, with the scientific community itself having different perspectives on when to introduce this plant into a child’s eating routine, namely in the form of tea or desserts.
Come with Baby on Board to learn more about the plant and find out from what age mint can be given to children.
Mint’s best properties
It is undeniable that mint has incredible properties for humans and their health, but, as we know, children have specific needs and some ingredients – among which, mint – may not be indicated before the child reaches a specific age. Before we explain the reasons and contraindications of mint, as well as from what age it is safe to introduce this ingredient, we list some of the main benefits of the plant, being them:
– Vitamin richness (including vitamins A, B complex, C and P),
– Richness in minerals such as calcium and iron,
– Combating anxiety, stress and relieving insomnia,
– Improving the functioning of the digestive system,
– Relieving nausea and constipation problems,
– Promoting the relief of muscle pain.
The general contraindications of mint
Despite all the benefits listed, mint can, in some situations, generate allergic reactions or, when taken in excess, can excessively lower blood pressure, cause dizziness, drowsiness, heartburn or breathing problems.
In addition, pregnant and lactating women should also refrain from mint consumption, as it can reduce breast milk production.
Mint and children: the care to be taken
The introduction of mint into children’s eating routine, whether in the form of tea or desserts such as mint and chocolate mousse can have very positive effects on their health. Still, this introduction should be done at the right time to avoid problems and contraindications.
Experts point out two different ages for the introduction of mint, with some advocating that this plant can already be given to the child at the age of 3 and those who argue that it should only be given to their children from the age of 5.