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How does caffeine affect children?

A study in the Journal of Pediatrics found that children who consumed the most caffeine slept less than the nine hours per night recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“When children sleep poorly, it manifests in subtle ways,” says Carlos Lerner, MD, medical director for the UCLA Children’s Health Center. “They may have difficulty paying attention in school and show signs of hyperactivity or behavioral problems. Sleep deprivation and caffeine consumption can mimic signs of ADHD.”

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