Perhaps the mother never gave coffee to the child. However, other drinks are often drunk children, chances are it contains caffeine. For example an ice cream soda, coffee, tea, chocolate, yoghurt and some type of pain reliever medication. What the hell is the danger if the child is consuming a lot of caffeine?
Caffeine is a stimulant that is actually used in a drug to stimulate the central nervous system. Although many countries do not yet have the special benchmark on maximum levels of intake of caffeine for children, Canada’s consumption of caffeine allowed in only about 45 mg of caffeine per day, or the equivalent of one can of soda. Even though the study found, children generally can unwittingly consuming 109 mg caffeine or caffeine equivalent in 3 cans of soda.
Check it out; do you often give the children the following drinks? Pay attention to the average amount of caffeine content in it:
- 350 ml soft drink contains 70 mg of caffeine.
- 150 ml of brewed coffee contains 115 mg of caffeine.
- 350 ml ice tea contains 70 milligrams of caffeine.
- Chocolate 30 ml contain 20 milligrams of caffeine.
- 1 tablet or flu drugs pain reliever can contain 30 mg of caffeine.
- 350 ml ice tea contains 70 mg of caffeine.
- 30 ml pure chocolate contains 20 mg caffeine.
It’s not that children should absolutely not eat drink or drugs containing caffeine. However, it is limited in number. Make it a habit to consume healthy drinks such as mineral water, milk, and fresh fruit juice.
As in adults, the effect on the child of caffeine can cause abdominal pain, headaches, insomnia, difficulty of concentration, anxiety, and increased heart rate. Even the slightest amount, can trigger the effect on children. This condition can be more dangerous in children who have special health conditions and are at risk of experiencing heart disease and neurological disorders.
In addition, the effects of which can be caused from excess Caffeine consumption include:
1. Increases the risk of excess body weight, because the type of drinks contain caffeine which favored children is generally given a lot of extra cream and sugar.
2. Affect the absorption of calcium which have an impact on the strength and growth of the bone.
3. Stimulate the brain and body to work harder, without increasing energy levels in children. Most teens consume energy drinks to improve performance when the sport, whereas caffeine contained in it to make the body feel more tired after the activity.
4. Affect the levels of the chemical in the brain that can affect behavior and socialization, because caffeine includes stimulants.
5. Can cause the child will urinate more often and more easily. It also increases the risk of dehydration.
If Mother asks the child to stop the consumption of caffeine-containing beverages, be aware of the sudden effects of caffeine reduction. The effect can be muscle pain, headache, and the body feels weak and depressed. Encourage the child to rest more to minimize the effect.
Mother does not need to worry, because energy levels will return to normal after the body adjusts without caffeine. If there is a disturbing complaint due to children taking caffeine, do not hesitate to bring the little to the pediatrician.