Kids and Caffeine – How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?

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A recent survey revealed that children of today are consuming a considerable amount of Caffeine, something that pediatricians and other child experts may not consider a good thing. The University of Nebraska Medical Center conducted a survey by questioning more than 200 parents of children ages 5 to 12-years-old. The parents were asked how the types of beverages and snacks the children consumed on an average day. The results of the survey, which was published in the Journal of Pediatrics, revealed that children between 5 to 7 consumed approximately 52 mg of Caffeine per day; children between 8 to 12 consumed approximately 109 mg.

So how much Caffeine is considered too much for children? Unfortunately, the United States has no Caffeine guidelines but Canada suggests the following daily limits:
– 4-6 years: 45 mg per day
– 7-9 years: 62.5 mg per day
– 10-12 years: 85 mg per day
If you would like to read more on this topic please see Children and caffeine: How much is too much?

One significant consequence of children’s overconsumption of Caffeine is that children are sleeping less. It is important for parents to be knowledgeable of the major sources
of caffeine. Click here to see a site that provides a database for the amount of Caffeine in several different foods and beverages.