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| 15 April 2024, Monday |

Effect of coffee on child development .. A study provides new results

One of the reasons children are not allowed to drink coffee may be the belief that caffeinated drinks can stunt children’s growth.

But is there any truth to this idea?

The answer is “no,” as there is no evidence that coffee or caffeine affect children’s normal growth and development.

A theory prevailed among scientists during the last period that says that there is some relationship between the effect of caffeine and the potential for hindering the growth of children, as it is considered that those who drink coffee regularly are more vulnerable to osteoporosis.

But a recent study on Monday found that coffee consumption was not related to short stature. According to the Sense Alert website.

Children’s short stature is linked, perhaps, to mother’s milk, especially as it is the main source of calcium for children, according to “Nutrition Research Reviews.”

The relationship between milk, coffee and osteoporosis is due to the fact that the majority of coffee drinkers drink less milk, which is an important source of calcium, and this is why their chances of developing osteoporosis increase.

he belief that drinking coffee for children may mean they are more likely to have short stature or even osteoporosis, goes back to theories dating back to the 1980s, which created a state of confusion among scientists.

Despite limited critical studies and the lack of scientific evidence, the WHO advises pregnant women to limit caffeine consumption, so that the fetus is not affected by weight loss.

The study indicates that it is not an invitation to put coffee in breastfeeding packages instead of milk, but parents should not increase drinks and foods that contain caffeine in general for children, as it may mean an activity that may affect sleep and high blood pressure.

And she recommended the need for moderation in drinking caffeinated drinks, whether for adults or children.