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Almost 75% of children have caffeine every day, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"About three out of four children do report consuming some caffeine on any given day and that has not changed over time. We were surprised to learn how much coffee and energy drinks were contributing," says Dr. Amy Branum.

Experts say that's concerning because coffee and energy drinks can contain much higher amounts of caffeine than soda and iced tea. For example, a six ounce cup of coffee has twice the amount of caffeine as a can of soda.

Research shows older kids and teens get most of their caffeine from soda; for children up to age 5, tea is most common then soda.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says caffeine has no place in a child's diet because it's a mild stimulant and can be potentially harmful.

"In kids, caffeine can have significant physical and emotional side effects, it can cause anxiety, panic attacks, their heart rate can increase, arrhythmias, high blood pressure, hyperactivity is a big part of it," says Dr. Rubin.

Diana Seglin has warned her 13-year-old son about energy drinks.

"Like that they're not good for you. They are potentially dangerous if you drink too much."

As for the Seglin's 4-year-old son Michael, his parents haven't let him touch soda yet.

The American Beverage Association maintains that caffeine has been safely added to drinks as a flavor enhancer for more than 100 years.

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