It seems like more and more kids are becoming soda drinkers, which means more and more kids are becoming insomniacs!
A new study conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center found that 75 percent of children aged 5 to 12 are consuming caffeine daily, mainly through drinking sodas! The bad thing is — the more they drink, the less they sleep! Although Kelly Rutherford and her kids are drinking a healthy kind of soda, it sounds like most children are chugging down the bad stuff!
Researchers surveyed the parents of more than 200 children at routine pediatric visits about what kinds of snacks and how much of those types of things their kids eat or drink each day. Children 8 to 12 took in an average of 109 milligrams of caffeine a day, equal to three 12 ounce cans of soda! Younger children consumed less caffeine, although some as young as 5 had an intake equivalent to a can of soda a day.
Caffeine use was related to sleep problems in children, but contrary to popular belief, it is not linked to bedwetting issues, the study from the Journal of Pediatrics says.”Children were not more likely to wet the bed if they consumed caffeine, despite the fact that caffeine is a diuretic,” study co-author Shelby Evans says. “Parents should be aware of the potentially negative influence of caffeine on a child’s sleep quality and daily functioning,” study author Dr. William Warzak adds. Dr. Warzak and his colleagues advise pediatricians to let parents know of the effects caffeine will have on their child and ask them about their child’s daily caffeine intake.
Hey Hollymoms, do your kids drink soda? If so how much?