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How much caffeine is okay for kids?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that adolescents should not consume more than 100 mg of caffeine a day (adults 300-400 mg). Young children shouldn't drink caffeinated beverages on a regular basis.

Although the number of foods and beverages containing caffeine has multiplied significantly over the past decade, the Food and Drug Administration has not yet developed pediatric guidelines for caffeine consumption.

“Children under 12 should have no caffeine at all,” says Carlos Lerner, MD, medical director for the UCLA Children’s Health Center.

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