Why energy drinks are better left untouched when it comes to kids.
When it comes to beverages for children, all fluids are not created equal. A simple drink of water is best for quenching thirst, while energy drinks can actually mask signs of dehydration. Because of that and because of what they contain, energy drinks should not be given to children or even teenagers, says Vanita Pais, Registered Dietician at the Hospital for Sick Children. “Their primary ingredient is caffeine. Caffeine, too much caffeine, can cause things like irritability in a child, nervousness, and it could also effect sleeping routines and cause sleeping problems which in turn could affect their day in school and performance in school because they won’t be sleeping really well. And because of the caffeine, there could be some hyperactivity. So high caffeine products or caffeine in the child’s diet is not recommended for any child or young teenager.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Vanita Pais, Registered Dietician at the Hospital for Sick Children.. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.