Kids and Energy Drinks


A listener writes: My son’s friends love energy drinks, but I don’t want him drinking them. Am I over reacting?

Not at all. The idea of your kids drinking energy drinks should make you jittery.

Some have the caffeine content of at least two cups of coffee. It’s not uncommon for teens to drink more than one a day. Plus, many drinks are loaded with sugar, herbs, or high doses of vitamins that some kids may have negative reactions to.

Experts have warned about caffeine consumption in children since safe levels haven’t been established. The risk of over use is high. Plus, constantly stimulating the nervous system or other body systems may be risky.

As a doctor, I think kids and energy drinks are a combination parents need to pull the plug on. Additional sleep is healthier than more caffeine.

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