MAMAS ALERT: Toss Those Energy Drinks

Energy drinks contain large doses of caffeine and other stimulants and don’t belong anywhere near your kids. You know the ones we mean — Red Bull and the rest of the herd.

A new report in the medical journal Pediatrics highlights the dangers to children and teens, including cardiac and brain effects. The substances in these drinks pose a special hazard to young people with other conditions like ADHD, diabetes, and sleep problems.

Doctors warn that these are not just cans of quick energy, they sap the body of electrolytes and rev up the heart. Parents and pediatricians need to be on the lookout.

Don’t believe for a moment that this stuff is safe for kids. That’s a bunch of, well, BULL. For a summary of the report, click here.

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Rachel Zahn, MD is a pediatrician turned health writer who had three kids during medical school and pediatric training—crazy, huh?


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