-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- A new U.S. study finds
that 75 percent of children consume caffeine daily, largely through
sodas. And the more caffeine they consumed, the less they
Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
surveyed the parents of more than 200 children, aged 5 to 12,
during routine clinical visits at a pediatric clinic. The parents
were asked about the types and amounts of snacks consumed by their
children each day.
Children between the ages of 8 and 12 took in an average of 109
milligrams of caffeine a day, the equivalent of 3 12-ounce cans of
soda. While younger children consumed less caffeine, some as young
as 5 had the equivalent of a can of soda a day.
While caffeine was associated with sleep problems, it was not
linked to bedwetting, said the study in the
Journal of Pediatrics.
"Contrary to popular belief, children were not more likely to wet the bed if they consumed caffeine, despite the fact that caffeine is a diuretic," study co-author Shelby Evans said in a journal news release.
"Parents should be aware of the potentially negative influence of caffeine on a child's sleep quality and daily functioning," study author Dr. William Warzak said in the news release.
He and his colleagues suggested that pediatricians could educate
parents about the potentially harmful effects of caffeine in
children and ask about patients' caffeine consumption.
The Nemours Foundation has more about
children and caffeine.
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