Monday Health Minute | Published July 7, 2014

Caffeine harmful to children’s health

Caffeine harmful to children’s health

  • Caffeine is a stimulant found naturally in items like coffee, tea, and chocolate, but has no known health benefits.
  • Approximately 73% of children and adolescents consume caffeine on a daily basis.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend caffeine for children at any level.
  • Even seemingly small doses can raise blood pressure and heart rates in children.
  • Caffeine can cause nervousness, shaky hands, difficulty sleeping, stomachaches and dependency.
  • The best drinks for children are water and milk, both of which are caffeine free.

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