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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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‘Too much coffee
kills 3-year-old'

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Too much coffee is believed to be the cause of death of a 3-year-old baby girl from Phase 6-B, Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City, on May 8, her medical records showed.

Records from the Bacolod City Health Office showed that the child died of cardiac arrhythmia secondary to caffeine toxicity.

The child's mother, Jennifer Barredo, said they discovered her dead when they woke up on May 8. They brought her to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival, she said.

Barredo said that, aside from drinking milk, the child also drinks their leftover coffee after breakfast when they are not watching. She had been drinking coffee for almost a year now, she said.

Last December they noticed that her hands were starting to shake, so they brought her to a doctor in Pototan, Iloilo for check up, Barredo said in an interview over DYRL.

Barredo said they moved to Bacolod City early this month.

They also had the child undergo check-up at the CLMMRH, earlier, where the doctor thought she had asthma because she was coughing, she said.

Barredo said she has only two daughters and the victim is the younger one.

Bacolod Medico Legal Officer Dr. Eli Cong said he referred the child's case to the pediatrician of the Bacolod City Health because the family could not provide information about her health status.

Cong said coffee has caffeine that increases one's heartbeat and this has an effect on one's blood pressure and heart.

The child's body is now at their residence in Handumanan. Her b urial is tentatively scheduled on Saturday while her family is still waiting for their relatives to arrive.*CGS

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