We know it’s hot and kids are sweaty when they come back in from playing but The American Academy of Pediatrics says sports drinks should be consumed sparingly by kids and teens and the energy drinks should NOT be consumed at all!
The academy warned in the June issue of Pediatrics that downing Gatorade, Powerade and other sports drinks can increase the risk of weight problems in the average child.
It also warned that the effect of large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants have not been tested on kids and there are potential risks. It warns there can be a lethal dose of caffeine.
From MedPage Today:
“Energy drinks often contain the same carbohydrates, minerals, and electrolytes as sports drinks, but also have stimulants like caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginseng, L-carnitine, and creatine.”
“Guarana boosts total caffeine content as one gram equals about 40 mg of caffeine; taurine potentiates caffeine and may cause coronary vasospasm…”
” ‘The total amount of caffeine contained in some cans or bottles of energy drinks can exceed 500 mg (equivalent to 14 cans of common caffeinated soft drinks) and is clearly high enough to result in caffeine toxicity,’ it warned. ‘A lethal dose of caffeine is considered to be 200 to 400 mg/kg.’ “
“Other concerns center on caffeine’s effects on developing neurologic and cardiovascular systems; the risk of physical dependence and addiction; and the acidic pH in the drinks that could contribute to dental erosion.”
The article did says sports drinks were OK for teens who were participating in high endurance and high intensity sports. The article stresses kids should be drinking water.
I have had approximately one energy drink, and it made me feel horrible. Some tea mixes have too much caffeine and guarana in it for me. I can’t imagine giving that to your child.
I totally can see how parents would serve sports drinks though and think they couldn’t be bad for kids.
Do you regularly let your kids and teens have sports drinks or are they only reserved for after intense work outs or games?
Have you ever given a kid or teen energy drinks? (I have one baby sitter who drinks them like water. I don’t know how she handles them.) How do they handle them?