Kleist Health Education Center
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort. Myers, FL 33965-6565
Phone: (239) 590-7459
Fax: (239) 590-7464
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Caffeine and Your Child
Soft drinks, tea, chocolate, medicines, energy drinks, coffee, and coffee flavored ice cream, etc...
Based on average body weight, maximum daily caffeine intake for children between 4 and 12 years is:
Please Note: 45mg = One 12-ounce can of soda or four 1.5-ounce milk chocolate bars. This also contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories.
Effects of Caffeine:
Too much caffeine can cause:
**At lower levels, it can make us feel more attentive and energetic.
Kids who consume one or more 12-ounce sweetened soft drink per day are 60% more likely to be obese.
Caffeinated beverages are like empty calories (calories that don't provide any nutrients). Kids who fill up on them don't get the vitamins and minerals they need from healthy sources. In particular, kids who drink too much soda (which usually starts between the third and eighth grades) may miss getting the calcium they need from milk to build strong bones and teeth.
Effects of caffeine are based on body size, so younger kids are more sensitive because they haven't been exposed to it as much as older kids or adults. Also, their need for more caffeine will increase with age (to reach similar effects).
The Kleist Health Education Center provides drug education programs, including tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and energy drinks. For more information on teen decision-making skills consider booking the program “Decisions – It’s Up To You”.
Click here for program pricing or call 239-590-7458 for program scheduling.
KLEIST HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER
FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965-6565