Is caffeine harmful to children?

Question: Is caffeine harmful to children?

Answer

Yes. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP for its acronym in English) warns that caffeine or any other stimulant is unnecessary in the diet of children because it has neither adds no nutritional value and is also addictive.

In its report entitled “Sports drinks and energy drinks for children and adolescents: Are they Appropriate?” Academy explains in detail the medical conditions that regular consumption of caffeine can cause in children and adolescents and recommends that parents or other adult caregiver eliminate caffeine or any other stimulant from their diets, either through consumption beverage or food.

Caffeine is considered a drug because it alters brain chemistry and modifies how children and adolescents feel and act.

According to a recent study titualdo “Trend caffeine consumption among children and adolescents in the US” published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP for its acronym in English) intake of caffeine in children has not increased, but the way they consume itself has since decreased consumption of sugary drinks such as soft drinks, but children and adolescents get through caffeine energy drinks and coffee.

To remove the misperception of some teens how they can achieve increase their energy through the use of stimulants, such as caffeine, AAP recommends sharing the message with children and young people the healthiest way to increase energy is through a balanced diet and optimal nutrition.

According to doctors, caffeine is absorbed through the tissues of the body and therefore its effect can be so noticeable in children and adolescents, whose body masses are smaller and bodies are still in growth period.

The effects of caffeine consumption in children can increase or alter the following conditions

And in some cases can help in improving mood in adults, it can also cause insomnia in some people and can increase anxiety in those children or adolescents suffering from a related disorder. Likewise, it is notoriously known to cause arrhythmias in healthy people.

The National Poison Control Center and the AAP, and other health authorities warn about the recent boom in the consumption of energy drinks and their negative impact on the health of children and adolescents in the country.

The National Poison Control Center reminds that children can be poisoned by eating, drinking, touch or smell something the sick and their parents or other adult caregivers should watch before new products that can be harmful to your health .

Although caffeine is consumed thousands of people on the planet, pediatricians warn that makes it no less dangerous. Currently one of the most common ways that children and teenagers consume caffeine is by soda and energy drinks.

Here are some textual recommendations for parents listed on the website of the AAP on energy drinks

Ask the doctor to explain the differences between sports drinks and energy drinks and how threatening the health of your child.

Sources

American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition and Sports Medicine Council. “Sports drinks and energy drinks for children and adolescents: Are they Appropriate?” Pediatrics May 29, 2011

Food and Drug Agency (FDA for its acronym in English). Information page with alert and FDA statement on research that opens in chewing gum containing caffeine and its possible effect on children. Revised: April 30, 2013. http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/FoodAdditivesIngredients/ucm094210.htm

National Bibliotecan of Medicine (Medlineplus by trade name) .Page information with definition of what is osmotic diuresis. Revised: April 30, 2013. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/ency/article/001266.htm

National Poison Control Center (AAPCC for its acronym in English). Information page with information about poisoning and children. Revised: April 30, 2013. http://www.aapcc.org/prevention/children/