Everyone knows the effects of coffee on adults. It can be both good and bad depends on their consumption. But what about its effects on kids?
Many people think that coffee is a beverage that can make a person more energetic, intelligent and energetic. Even so, do parents know that coffee is not good for children?
In most countries, coffee is a restricted drink for children. In addition to causing them to become overactive, coffee and other caffeine drinks have many negative effects on them.
Do children also face health risks when consuming coffee drinks due to its content; high caffeine and such?
An expert and organization member of Better Sleep Council, Terry Cralle said he has yet to conduct an in-depth study on the effects of coffee on children but he believes that caffeine can potentially influence brain development in children or adolescents.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), more than 70% of children in the country take caffeinated coffee daily. This confirms that children who take coffee or soft drinks are 2 times at risk to develop sleep disorders.
AAP emphasizes that children should not be given coffee as they grow older, fearing its effects on brain development. Too much coffee caffeine causes insomnia, nervousness, acidic stomach, headache, difficulty concentrating and increases heart rate.
According to Healthline, caffeine in coffee can also cause disruption of calcium absorption that affects physical development and bone health.
Not only that, when coffee is added with creamers and sugars, it also becomes a high-calorie drink and gives effects like weight gain and cavity.
Why does coffee is no good for kids?
# 1 It can cause cavities
Drinking coffee in large quantities will result in cavities in children due to the acidity of the coffee. Children’s teeth are weaker compared to the adult’s teeth. This makes the acid in the coffee easier to damage tooth enamel thus increasing the risk of cavities.
Children who drink coffee are more likely to have oral health problems such as cavity and loss of enamel than adults.
#2 Causes hyperactivity
Children can become hyperactive if they are drinking coffee too much. They will likely find it difficult to pay attention and are often anxious.
These may be needed by mature individuals who need them to increase their energy and concentration. However, this reaction may be quite excessive for children to take. The effects will last for hours.
Children from 5 to 12 years old will need at least 11 hours a day to sleep. But as they enter their teen years, they will need 10 hours a day to sleep. But not many children nowadays are able to get enough sleep due to their hectic daily schedule. Caffeine intake will give them sleep deprivation if they tend to use coffee as a so-called alternative for energy.
This will only make them more difficult to sleep.
#4 Losing appetite
A child’s brain is more sensitive to caffeine than to an adult’s brain. Caffeine reacts with the central nervous system and causes loss of appetite.
If they start caffeine addiction in their teens, this may affect their growth later.
#5 Causing blood pressure
It is common knowledge that coffee contains caffeine. If it is taken in small amounts, coffee can increase your concentration. However, if taken too much, caffeine will cause tension, anxiety, dizziness and increased blood pressure.
22nd April 2020 15:39
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