A Georgia mom who is regularly featured with her first-grade daughter on “Toddler and Tiaras” is under fire for giving her child caffeine and sugar to keep her “up” on long pageant days.
June Shannon of McIntyre makes a concoction of Red Bull and Mountain Dew that she calls “Go-Go Juice.”
The mom turned to the Go-Go Juice after finding that two bags of Pixy Stixs – also known as “Pageant Crack” – were not enough to keep her first-grader alert during an 8- to 10-hour pageant.
From ABC News:
“ ‘When they do get on stage you have to be alive and…your personality has to shine a long day,’ Shannon told ‘Good Morning America.’ ‘A pageant day can last from 7 in the morning to 6,7,8,9, 10 at night, so performing and getting a kid up that early and lasting all day without a rest, you have to energize their body.’ ”
“There are far worse things,” she said, defending her choice. “I could be giving her alcohol….”
“Everybody does it,” she told “GMA.” “There are normal people who give their kids this, so why is it such a big issue with us pageant moms that do it all weekend to keep our kids energized and awake?”
ABC News points out that “According to a 2011 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, too much caffeine for a young child can lead to neurological and cardiovascular problems. Doctors also say that too much caffeine and sugar can to lead to a risk of physical dependence and addiction.”
Is it ever OK to give kids caffeine to help them wake up or stay awake? Would it be different if she was just drinking Coca Cola or Pepsi? Does the Red Bull throw it into a different arena? Is the caffeine worse than the sugar?
Are people judging these families more harshly because they are involved with pageants?
At what age would it be OK to give kids caffeine to help them wake up or stay awake?