The Dangers of Energy Drinks for Children
Windowofworld.com – Are energy drinks for children dangerous? Did you know that energy drinks should not be consumed by children and adolescents? These types of drinks contain substances that can cause various health problems, ranging from indigestion, insomnia, seizures, to heart problems.
Energy drinks are a type of non-alcoholic drink that is claimed to increase stamina and energy. For healthy adults, this drink is relatively safe if consumed within reasonable limits or in moderation. But for children, consuming energy drinks can have bad effects on health.
Ingredients in dangerous energy drinks
Most energy drinks are carbonated drinks or sodas with a high caffeine content.
Caffeine is a stimulant substance that can stimulate the brain to be more active and make people who consume caffeine more awake and energized. Apart from caffeine, energy drinks also contain additional stimulants that function like caffeine, such as taurine, L-carnitine, and guarana.
Not only does it contain caffeine and other additives, the high sugar content in energy drinks is also dangerous for children. Apart from being able to provide a “addictive” effect, the high sugar content in energy drinks can also damage children’s teeth and lead to overweight children (obesity).
So far there is no standard on how much caffeine dosage is safe for children to consume. Therefore, most doctors and health experts recommend limiting and even avoiding giving caffeine to children.
Dangers of Consumption of Energy Drinks in Children
If consumed too often or too much, energy drinks risk causing several health problems in children, such as:
- Indigestion, such as stomach pain, diarrhea and nausea, vomiting.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Difficulty sleeping or insomnia.
- Urinate frequently
- High blood pressure.
- Heart problems, such as heart rhythm abnormalities (arrhythmias) and heart failure.
- Damage to organs, such as kidneys and liver.
- Electrolyte disturbances.
- Hard to breathe.
According to a number of reports, cases of death in children and adults due to consuming energy drinks have occurred quite a lot. Therefore, considering the dangers that can occur, children should not be allowed to consume energy drinks too often.
If children are used to consuming energy drinks, parents need to help children stop the habit. You do this by paying attention to their diet, including what children eat or drink when they snack.
In addition, parents and other family members can be good examples by not consuming energy drinks in front of children.
Instead of providing energy drinks, get your children into the habit of consuming healthy drinks, such as water, infused water, coconut water, juices, unsweetened and low-fat milk, or herbal teas, such as chamomile tea.