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12-16-2010, 09:56 PM
By NewsCore - As many as 75 percent of American children consume caffeine daily, which is leading to sleep problems among the biggest consumers of caffeine, a study published Thursday in the Journal of Pediatrics found.

The research, carried out by doctors at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, found that children between eight and 12 consume an average of 109 milligrams of caffeine a day, which is the equivalent of about three cans of caffeinated soda.

Children as young as five are consuming the equivalent of a can of caffeinated soda daily.

Lead researcher, William Warzak, said the intake of caffeine appears to interfere with children’s sleep, with sleep disruptions increasing as kids consume more caffeine.

“Parents need to be more careful in monitoring what their children eat and drink,” said Warzak. “Children don’t need to be drinking caffeine.”

Pediatricians, he wrote, could play a critical role in helping parents understand the harmful effects of allowing their kids to consume caffeine
At the same time schools insist we give them drugs to calm them back down.

Wei Wu Wei
12-17-2010, 04:23 AM
Most of those drugs you refer to are stimulants too

12-17-2010, 06:14 AM
It's going to be hard for my kid. I've given it up, and my wife only drinks coffee on occasion.

12-17-2010, 01:39 PM
I would guess that soda and coffee are the biggest sources (and maybe chocolate). If parent's don't buy soda except for special occasions, that problem is solved. Most kids don't like the bitterness of coffee until they are older (I didn't) so this one is hard to figure out. Maybe the parents have to stop making flavored coffee drinks in the morning. I don't know about the chocolate angle - just stop buying it if you can't police your kids at the table, I guess.