Do Your Kids Consume Caffeine?

Your first answer might be “Nope.” But if you’re thinking strictly about whether you allow your child to have soda or iced tea, you might be surprised at the truth. If your kid has cocoa in any form—whether it’s in candy, or in cereals, or in drinks—then she also consumes caffeine.

A new study from the University of Nebraska Medical Center shows that 75 percent of kids take in caffeine every single day, and it’s interfering with their sleep. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 have the equivalent of three 12-ounce cans of soda every day. Some kids as young as 5 years old have as much as 1 can’s worth of caffeine daily.

Talk to your pediatrician if you’re unsure of whether your child is getting too much.

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