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Back To School Warning About Kids and Caffeine
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on August 14, 2014 @ 7:18PM
Created on August 14, 2014 @ 6:11PM
Health officials are warning people about the danger connected to having too much caffeine as students across the state prepare to return to class.
 
Over the last few years more kids and teenagers have started resorting to caffeine in order to get the extra energy boost they need. That's why the West Virginia Poison Center is putting out a back to school warning.
 
When school is back in session it can be a busy time of year for students which is why some kids might be more likely to turn to caffeine in order to keep up. Caffeine is a stimulant that's found in many different products such as coffee, soda, some foods and even lip balm. It generally makes people feel alert and ready to go, but too much can be harmful.
 
In some cases caffeine is known to cause nausea, nervousness, and it can lead to an abnormal heart rate. Experts are saying no one needs caffeine, but as long as it's enjoyed in moderation it shouldn't cause major issues. Health advocate believe there's no better time than now to address the issue with kids and their parents.
 
Carissa McBurney is the West Virginia Poison Center Community Outreach Coordinator. She said, "Back to school is a great time to focus on caffeine because you're having students and kids who are a lot more involved in after school activities, homework, projects, things like that."
 
Some of the biggest health risks regarding to caffeine are related to the function of a person's kidneys and heart.
 
Dr. Mary-Ann Kroll is a pediatrician in Bridgeport. She said, "Too much caffeine can make you dehydrated. That makes your kidneys work harder which can actually push up your blood pressure."
 
Health experts claim caffeine consumption for kids and teenagers should be limited to one serving a day.

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