A teenager in South Carolina died last month from what the coroner blames on too much caffeine. So how much is too much for teens? First News weekend morning anchor Abbie Schrader spoke to a local dietitian about this, She’s live in the studio with that story. [D17]20170519 CAFFEINE KIDS 6A-SG [D18]20170519 CAFFEINE KIDS 6A-LIVEIN That sixteen year old had a large pop, a latte and an energy drink… All in less than two hours. The coroner says all of that caffeine caused his heart to fall out of rhythm when he collapsed and died. The FDA says most adults can handle about four.. Eight ounce cups of coffee a day. For teens, there really isn’t a recommendation… Just that it needs to be limited, if any at all. A dietitian from Trumbull Memorial Hospital I spoke to says caffeine can do several things to the body including raising the heart rate… Increasing irritability, stomach problems and migraines. So rather than depending on caffeine, there’s other things teens should do to get through the day. [D20]20170519 CAFFEINE KIDS 6A-SV Miranda Monroe: “THEY SHOULD BE EATING A WELL BALANCED DIET. UM, THEY NEED TO BE GETTING REGULAR AMOUNTS OF SLEEP. CONSISTENT AMOUNTS PER NIGHT, AT LEAST SEVEN OR MORE HOURS. IF THEY’RE NOT GETTING THOSE THINGS, CAFEINE ISN’T GOING TO MAKE THEM PERFORM ANY BETTER.” There aren’t any recommendations on how much caffeine teens should be drinking… But Monroe says a small cup of coffee in the morning is appropriate for most. But don’t rely on it throughout the day. [D21]20170519 CAFFEINE KIDS 6A-LVOUT The FDA does not require labels to show how much caffeine is in energy drinks. The American Beverage Association says those drinks actually have less caffeine than most coffee drinks… But it’s when they’re consumed in a short amount of time like that case in South Carolina… WheN it can turn deadly. Live in the studio AS 27 FNTM.