Chugging Energy Drinks and Pop: Is Your Child Over-Caffeinated?
Almost half of teens in a recent study said they drink caffeinated beverages up to six times a week. That can lead to insomnia, anxiety and headaches.
“They’re particularly susceptible to the negative effects as they have less body mass and they likely have had less exposure,” said Kayla Pope, MD, CHI Health child and adolescent psychiatrist. “Some research suggests caffeine may even stunt growth – as they miss out on necessary nutrients – and interfere with brain development.”
Make sure you discuss negative side effects – the impact caffeine may have on mood or sleep – and “get them in the habit of looking at nutritional labels,” Pope said. “And talk with them about what would be a reasonable daily limit.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises teens not exceed 100 mg of caffeine, the amount in one cup of coffee, per day.