Babies who are given caffeine could be in danger of suffering from sleep disorders sleep disorders and breathing problems when they are older, says a new report.
Research, led by Gaspard Montandon of the University of Toronto, was carried out on rats and it was found that those who had been given caffeine as a baby had different sleeping patterns.
They slept for less time, had fragmented non-REM sleep and their breathing was higher than normal when they were resting.
In his review of the report, James Duffin claimed that these findings "raise concerns about the long-term consequences of neonatal caffeine administration on brain development and behaviour".
The authors believe that the use of caffeine during the development of the respiratory system can have long-lasting effects and they pointed out that sleep abnormalities can be an indicator of poor health.