Cut Out the Caffeine

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Do you struggle with getting your children to wind down? Well, caffeine could be the culprit that's keeping your child wired. Although the United States hasn't issued recommendations on how much caffeine kids should consume, health officials in Canada recommend the children of preschool age do not exceed 45 milligrams of caffeine -- the amount that's found in a 12-ounce soda.

Believe it or not, caffeine isn't just found in sodas - it's also found in other drinks and certain foods. If you need an incentive as to why you should keep tabs on your kids' caffeine count, check out how this stimulant affects children. Excessive amounts of caffeine boost blood pressure levels, contribute to sleep issues, cause problems with concentration, lead to headaches and kick start the heart rate. That's just a few of the side effects. Need more motivation to cut out the colas? Caffeine is a diuretic that can lead to dehydration as it eliminates water from the body.