Caffeine is a natural tonic found in coffee, tea, chocolate and other foods and beverages.
How does caffeine affect people?
Caffeine is defined as a medication because it stimulates the central nervous system. This affects children and adults in a similar way, and at lower levels, it can make Tevida people feel more alert and active.
Foods and caffeinated beverages are everywhere, but it is advisable to keep caffeine consumption to a minimum, especially in younger children.
In both children and adults, a lot of caffeine can cause:
Stress and anxiety
Difficult to focus.
The heart rate is faster.
High blood pressure
Especially in young children, you do not need much caffeine to produce these effects.
What other problems can occur?
Here are some other reasons to reduce your child’s caffeine intake:
Children often take caffeine in regular sodas. Children who drink one or more sugary soft drinks daily are 60% more likely to be obese.
Caffeinated beverages often contain empty calories, and children who fill them do not get the vitamins and minerals they need from health sources. Too much soda can mean the loss of calcium that children need from milk to build strong bones and teeth.
A large amount of beverages containing caffeine can cause tooth decay with a high sugar content and tooth enamel erosion due to acidity.
Caffeine is a diuretic that causes the elimination of water (through urination), which can contribute to dehydration. It is advisable to avoid excessive caffeine consumption in hot climates, when children need to replace fluids lost through sweating.
The cessation of caffeine can suddenly cause withdrawal symptoms (such as headaches, muscle aches and irritability), especially for those who consume too much.
Caffeine can cause heart problems or worse neurological disorders, and some children may not know they are at risk.
What is sensitivity to caffeine?
Sensitivity to caffeine refers to the amount of caffeine that will affect a person. On average, the smaller the person, the less caffeine is needed to produce side effects. However, sensitivity to caffeine is most affected by daily caffeine consumption.
People who regularly drink caffeinated beverages soon develop a low sensitivity to it. This means that they need higher doses of caffeine to achieve the same effects that people who take caffeine often do not. Therefore, the greater the number of children who take caffeine, the more caffeine they will need to feel the same effects. In general, children are more sensitive to caffeine than adults and can feel its effects for up to 6 hours.
What foods and drinks contain caffeine?
Caffeine occurs naturally in the leaves and seeds of many plants. They are also made artificially and added to some foods. Children get most of the caffeine from soft drinks, but they also have coffee, tea, chocolate, ice cream or frozen yogurt, as well as painkillers and other over-the-counter medications. Even iced tea can contain the amount of sugar and caffeine, such as soft drinks.
This is how some sources of caffeine are compared:
The size of the item is the amount of caffeine.
Syrup mixture 12 oz. 71.2 mg
Mountain Dew 12 oz. 55 mg
Coca Cola 12 oz. 34 mg
Coca Cola Diet 12 oz. 45 mg
Pepsi 12 ounces 38 mg
Fermented coffee (drip method) 5 oz. 115 mg *
12 ice tea. 70 mg *
Black chocolate 1 oz. 20 mg *
Milk chocolate 1 oz. 6 mg *
Cocoa drinks 5 oz. 4 mg *
Chocolate milk drink 8 oz. 5 mg *
Cold Relief Medicine 1 tablet 30 mg *
* Average caffeine intake
Sources: United States Food and Drug Administration and National Association of Alcoholic Beverages.
How can we reduce caffeine?
Can children be kept without caffeine? Absolutely! The best way to reduce caffeine (and add sugar) is to eliminate sodas. Instead, provide water, milk, or a seltzer flavor. You can also offer 100% fruit juice in small quantities. You can still allow soda or tea sometimes, just make it decaffeinated. Observe hidden caffeine by checking the list of ingredients in foods and beverages.
The best way to reduce caffeine consumption is to slow down slowly. Otherwise, children (and adults) may have headaches and feel hurt, depressed or horribly horrible.
Someone who cuts caffeine may feel tired. The best option is to hit the bag, not the soda: it is a way of saying that more rest is needed.