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Story Updated: Aug 19, 2013

Here's another reason you may want to get your little ones off soda.

A new study links soft drink consumption with aggression, attention problems and withdrawal behaviors in young children.

Researchers included nearly 3,000 5-year-old children whose mothers were asked to report on their behaviors and how many servings of soda they consumed during a typical day.

43% of the kids drank at least one serving of soda daily. 4% drank 4 or more.

Further analysis revealed that every serving size from one to four or more was associated with higher aggressive behavior compared to having no soda at all.

Two servings or more was associated with withdrawal behaviors.

And four or more was linked to attention problems.

The researchers point out that soft drinks are highly processed products containing numerous ingredients that may affect a child's conduct. They're calling for further study to identify the reason for the association between these beverages and problem bahviors.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news that matters to you.

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