New research shows children's caffeine intake hasn't changed much in recent years. 73 percent of children consume caffeine daily from food and drinks, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.
But the sources of caffeine that children are drinking have changed. The research shows coffee and energy drinks now represent a greater proportion of caffeine intake, as soda drinking among youth has declined.
Caffeine & Children
- Long term effects on children largely unknown
- Caffeine in energy drinks not FDA regulated
- Increases anxiety, blood pressure & heart rate
Pediatrics Study on Caffeine Sources
- 73% of children consume caffeine daily from food/drinks
- Soda drinking still high, declining from 62% to 38%
- 24% of caffeine from coffee, teens 10% from energy drinks
What Parents Need To Know
- Caffeine is never “good” for children
- Energy drinks have 4 times caffeine of soda
- Water is still cheapest, best beverage for children