By: Cory Perrin - Staff Writer
Published: May 31, 2021

Energy Drinks Cause Dehydration In Kids

Energy Drinks Kids - One of the main drinks on the market that kids seem to want these days are sport and energy drinks. Although pediatricians are now saying that these can be harmful to children. A new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics states that children should lay off the energy drinks completely and sport drinks in some situations.

The energy drinks, which have become ever more popular on the market today, contain high amounts of caffeine and other ingredients that are harmful to people in generally, not just children. The mixture of sugar, caffeine, and other ingredients interferes with sleep, it can cause anxiety, raise heartbeats, and increase the risk of dehydration; providing support as to why children shouldn’t be allowed to drink these. Some of the energy drinks known on the market now are Monster, Rockstar, Full Throttle, Red Bull and Jolt.

On the other hand we have sport drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade. While these drinks are nearly as harmful pediatricians are saying kids still shouldn’t drink larges amount of theme. Children should only drink sport drinks if they are active in vigorous sports activity. The problem isn’t as severe as energy drinks, but consumption of so much sport drink containing sugar and carbohydrates can lead to obesity in children, as well as tooth decay.

Dr. Holly Benjamin, pediatric sports medicine specialist at the University of Chicago, reports that the problem is, “Kids will drink a Gatorade after school,” Benjamin says. “They’ll drink a Gatorade at lunch. They’ll drink a Gatorade with dinner.” Of course drinks aren’t the only place to watch sugar intake, but it has come a big concern. As for the main source of hydration doctor stress that water is a necessity.


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