“Two foods that can lower your child’s IQ that many parents are unaware of”

Many parents feed their children before bedtime because they fear that they might go hungry during the night. However, it is better to let the child go to sleep hungry than to give them these two things.


Many families feed their children a bedtime snack to prevent them from waking up hungry. However, if children eat too much or the wrong type of food, it can be harmful. For many parents, they restrict their children from eating before bed, limit the consumption of milk and sweets, as sugar can suppress the production of growth hormones, hindering height development. For some children with excess weight, eating before bed can increase the risk of obesity. However, the majority of parents still allow their children to eat before bed, especially those under 6 years old.

Letting children go to bed with an empty stomach can cause them to fuss, cry, and have trouble sleeping. However, if you choose two types of food below for your child to eat before bed, it will affect their intelligence.

Foods high in sugar such as candy, sweets…

The Medical Journal of the American Obesity Association published a study by Uppsala University in Sweden, stating that eating sugar before bed can disrupt brain activity during deep sleep and reduce sleep quality. Sugar and sweeteners can stimulate brain activity, making the brain more excited and alert. Therefore, eating sweets before bed can make people dream throughout the night, leading to shallow sleep, affecting deep sleep time.

The sweeteners in cakes usually decompose more slowly during sleep, which can lead to obesity. Therefore, if your child feels hungry before bed, they should avoid foods high in sugar like cakes and candy.

Caffeine-containing foods

Caffeine-containing foods such as coffee, tea, energy drinks… are delicious for adults but can inhibit the nervous system in young children. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, making it difficult for children to sleep or making them drowsy, thus affecting sleep quality.

Moreover, children have even weaker caffeine metabolism, which is not good for them. In addition to coffee and tea, many other foods contain caffeine such as chocolate, coke, so parents should be cautious of these hidden sources of caffeine.

If your child loves coke, coffee, tea, and other caffeine-containing beverages, try to avoid caffeine (whether it’s food or drink containing caffeine) for 6 hours before bed. Because the body needs time to metabolize caffeine.

What to feed children before bed

If your child is hungry before bed, you can give them a warm glass of milk, yogurt, or eggs, whole grain cakes, cereal flour (oat flour, corn), fruits…

If your child is accustomed to drinking milk before bed, they can continue to do so, but they should not leave a pacifier in their mouth while sleeping, as it can cause tooth decay and affect the shape of their lips.

Finally, parents should note that their children should eat less fatty foods, foods high in salt and sugar, whether before bed or at other normal times.

Before putting your child to bed, it is also advisable to limit them from eating too much. To avoid hunger, only allow your child to eat a small snack, as eating too much can make it difficult for them to sleep and can cause indigestion or stomach pain.