How easy would it be to kick your morning coffee habit? Pretty difficult, right? That’s because caffeine is a stimulant drug. Not only is it addictive, it can be harmful for children and is considered inappropriate no matter the age (but especially for toddlers and babies). Possible side effects might include nutritional deficiencies that affect growth and development, upset stomach, headache, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and trouble sleeping and concentrating.
Absolutely NO caffeine
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