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Why is coffee bad for kids?

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Coffee can be bad for kids if consumed in excessive amounts because of the caffeine in it, according to KidsHealth and How Stuff Works. KidsHealth says a child needs a small amount of caffeine to experience side effects, which include concentration and sleeping problems and increases in blood pressure.

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Children may feel the effects of caffeine for up to six hours, according to KidsHealth. Children who keep drinking coffee and other caffeine sources develop a tolerance and need more to get the same effects they used to. Kids who withdraw from caffeine dependency may get headaches and become irritable. Moderation is critical with coffee consumption.

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