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I rely heavily on caffeine because I can’t afford medication. One thing that’s important to keep in mind is that any instant lift you feel from drinking coffee is purely psychological (or caused by the sugar you put in the coffee). Caffeine from coffee actually takes a couple of hours to affect your mental state. The diuretic effect seems to happen faster, but for me, if I want to be in a focused, relaxed state, I need to drink the coffee just about 2 hours in advance. I don’t know about it with a child that young, though. If your doc okays it, I’d test it on a day you’re not sending him to school. With a child’s faster metabolism, the timing might be different.