Energy drinks and kids don’t mix studies say

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DENVER -- Millions of people consume energy drinks, which utilize high amounts of caffeine and other ingredients to boost stamina and alertness.

These drinks are intended for adults but some children end up consuming them, leading to the risk of health problems.

Studies show more than 40 percent  of emergency calls to poison centers involving energy drinks refer to children under the age of 6.  Health experts warn against giving any product with a high amount of caffeine to kids.

Dr. Callie Black of Kaiser Permanente says the caffeine in energy drinks can cause a range of problems. “Kids can start to have headaches sleep disturbances … (the drinks) can really affect their bodies and their ability to go to school and interact with their families.”

Energy drinks may also cause some children to become hyperactive.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says energy drinks are less dangerous for teenagers, but they still need to limit their overall caffeine intake to no more than 100 mg a day.

One energy drink can have as much as 500mg of caffeine, equal to about 14 soft drinks or several cups of coffee.

Many brands also have high amounts of sugar.

Doctors say adults should limit energy drinks, especially if they develop symptoms like headaches or a jittery feeling.

Get more information about proper nutrition for children here.


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