Caffeine can be a great source of energy throughout the workday but in some cases, too much can be deadly. According to the FDA the recommended amount of caffeine consumed per day for adults is 400 milligrams.
On Monday, Richland County coroner Gary Watts ruled caffeine overdose as the official cause of death of Davis Allen Cripe, a 16-year-old from South Carolina who died in April.
"Caffeine is something that's all over our society," said Carilion pediatrician John Moore. He says parents need to pay close attention to what their kids drink, "When you mix caffeine, and coffee, and soft drinks with the energy drinks, that can be a potentially lethal combination."
Cripe ingested a large soda, a cafe latte, and an energy drink over the course of about two hours, which was more than 400 milligrams of caffeine. Remember an adult should only take in 400 milligrams per day.
While an overdose like this is rare, Dr. Moore said the less your child is exposed to caffeine, the better. "To teach them as little as they can get away with the healthier it is."
Dr. Moore also said you need to check the labels on drinks. However the FDA doesn't require labels to show how much caffeine is in energy drinks.