Can caffeine stop growth in infancy?

Study: caffeine is unsuitable for children

18.01.2011

For the first time, researchers have been able to scientifically prove that caffeine is harmful to children. Contrary to popular belief, there is no connection between caffeine consumption and bedwetting. But the suspicion that caffeine robs children of sleep has been confirmed ...

An American study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that 75% of the children studied consume caffeine on a daily basis. The more caffeine the children consumed, the less they slept.

Dr. William Warzak and his colleagues at the University of Nebraska Medical Center interviewed parents of over 200 children between the ages of 5 and 12 about their children's eating and drinking habits during routine clinical visits to a municipal children's clinic. It was found that older children in particular often chose drinks with caffeine.

Dr. According to Warzak, however, some children around the age of 5 also consumed about a can of Coke a day. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 consumed the caffeine content of almost three cans of Cola every day. The authors found that caffeine was unrelated to bed-wetting, even though it had a diuretic effect. But the substance had a negative effect on the children's sleep. The scientists therefore admonish parents to pay attention to how much caffeine a child consumes.

Hidden Caffeine Sources In Germany there is no guideline for the limits of caffeine a child should ingest, only the recommendation to avoid caffeine altogether. In Canada, preschoolers aged 6 and under should not consume more than 45 milligrams per day. A cup of green or black tea (125 ml) can contain, for example, 20 to 50 milligrams of caffeine, depending on the preparation, a 0.33-liter can of cola about 40 milligrams. Industrially produced iced tea is mostly based on black tea extract. Cocoa also shows traces of caffeine, but a cup of cocoa on cold days is harmless. Caffeine can also be hidden in over-the-counter cold medicines. To be on the safe side, parents should get their pediatrician to prescribe medication.

Source: The Journal of Pediatrics