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More caffeine could mean less sleep for kids

December 17, 2010 12:36:42 AM PST
A new U.S. study shows that 75 percent of kids consume caffeine daily.Researchers found that kids between the ages of 8 and 12 consumed an average of 109 mg a day, which is equivalent to three 12 oz. sodas.

Another study in the Journal of Pediatrics found a correlation between the amount of caffeine consumed and poor sleep patterns in kids.

Some parents may think iced tea is better than soda, but that's not always a good alternative because some iced teas contain as much sugar and caffeine as soda.