“What a guy!” Clip of toddler enjoying a cup of tea goes viral as his mother hits back at critics who say young people shouldn’t have hot drinks
- A mother is divided after filming her toddler having a cup of tea
- Post on TikTok, showed her son what he drinks before taking a sip
- Many comments found the clip recognizable, while others warned about caffeine
A mother who filmed her toddler enjoying a cup of tea has had a legion of social media users defend her decision after critics warned not to give the hot drink to young children.
Posts under the handle that County Durham Leanne King took to TikTok, with a clip of her son sipping in a square cup once available at McDonald’s.
He seems delighted and when asked what you drink, he answers: ‘Cup o’ tea’.
The video has been viewed nearly two million times, with many commentators defending the mother against critics, admitting that she also drank tea from a young age.
A mum, who lives in the UK, has been forced to respond to critics after posting a clip of her toddler drinking tea on TikTok (pictured)
Leanne told Femail that her son doesn’t drink tea regularly, but likes it as a snack.
“I know my son is being looked after, he has absolutely no developmental issues and is definitely not addicted to caffeine or tea,” she said. “He rarely drank tea, but the video was when he was about 1.5 years old.
“He’s three years old now and gets one about once or twice a month.
“There are plenty of other things I could have given him, but I think either way someone will comment on everything you do online.”
Among the critics was one who wrote: ‘Tea is just as bad as coffee, it’s full of caffeine, which is bad for babies’
Another said: ‘I don’t think babes should drink tea or coffee’
The NHS website states that ‘hot drinks such as tea and coffee contain caffeine and are not suitable for babies or young children. There is also a risk that hot drinks will cause burns.’
The heartwarming video shows Leanne’s son (pictured) saying he drinks a cup of tea before taking a sip from his McDonald’s cup
One critic warned that tea is full of caffeine, while another claimed that black tea interferes with iron absorption
However, some social media users have claimed that they grew up drinking tea without any problems and that it is a tradition for Britons.
“My mother put tea in my bottle when I was a baby,” one wrote.
Another said: ‘I hope anyone who complains about this little guy having a cup of tea never takes their kids to a fast food restaurant or gives them fruit shoots’
A third joked: ‘Never seen anything so British! I love it… can’t beat a good cup of tea’
Another added: ‘What a boy. There’s nothing wrong with him having a brew… he’s enjoying it, that’s all that matters.’
A deluge of comments claimed they grew up drinking tea, with one joking that he should get cookies too