Children and energy drinks

Australia
November 21, 2007 8:08am CST
@ of my friends give their kids on regular basis energy drinks. One has a 4 year old son and the other one has 2 daughters 1 is 4 years old 1 is 2. They have been doing this for at least 18 months. I dont aprove of this as the kids are not that active to start with and second they are just too young. Few days ago my friends husband had a b'day and we went there my friend insisted that my son should have one as well I have told her 100 times that my son is too young to drink it and I todl her again. My son found one while he was playing and had some. I was not able to put him to bed till almost 3 am than night. What is your opinion on energy drinks (red bull sort of drinks) and kids?
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13 responses
@uath13 (8206)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Mines hyper enough without anything. I barely let her have caffine at all. I'd never let her have an energy drink. She'd be bouncing off the walls.
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• Australia
22 Nov 07
Yes I have the same one at home too much sugar and caffine and you have to chain him to stop bouncing (just joking people). That day he woke up at 8 and normaly by 9:30 he is in bed but man he was up and down and jumping and loughing and could not sit still for 2 min.
@imadriscoll (2230)
• United States
21 Nov 07
There is nothing postive about giving a child an energy drink. I would encourage your friend to do some research on what happens to a child if they continue to drink these. It will mess with their sleep patterns and they could even develop addictions and go through withdrawl symptoms. Encourage them to talk to their family doctor too.
• Australia
22 Nov 07
I have told one of them all the things that I know about it but she just sais oh well what can I do he likes it and he cries If I dont buy it.
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• Australia
26 Nov 07
Knowing them they probably would one day :)))). His wishes are holy to his parents he sais jump they say is this high enough or do you want me to go on top of the house.
• United States
22 Nov 07
Omg! i would have freaked out.and never take my child back over there...that can cause them health problems ... If u have drank a energy drink before.you would know that when u are active it makes your heart beat faster. just imagine what it could do to a small child heart. POSSIBLY THROW THEM INTO A HEART ATTAK? not sure im no dr. but when your heats beats so fast its barley keeping up with itself what happend? your bllood pressure rises.. ugh! i dont even wanna think about it. i think u r wonderful for not letting ur child drink that stuff. i would not want to be in any situation again were my child could get ahold of a drink like that.
• Australia
22 Nov 07
I have tried it 3 times. ! when I was 16-17 at gym they had no other things at the moment and I wanted a drink so I had to buy it. Second time was when I was 22 (and pregnant but I had no idea I was pregnant) and third time when Mother (the drink) came out my brother in law took us on his boat and all he had there was the energy drink (free samples from work). All 3 times I was feeling really bad.
@mistissa (1348)
• Netherlands
22 Nov 07
I would never do that, my oldest is 7,5 years old and I still don't allow her to have any kind of drink with pop. Only on a holiday or a party she is allowed a little bit. My other 2 are not allowed soda.
• Australia
22 Nov 07
That is great what you are doing
• China
22 Nov 07
Sometimes I found that some parents just don't know hoe to treat their children. They give a child everything he want, including something not good for him. Why they do this? One kind of parents don't know how to refuse, another kind of parents just don't want to make trouble. These things awlays happen, not only energy drinks. It is really difficult to bring up a child in this world.
• Australia
22 Nov 07
I agree with you that it is hard to bring up kids this days but we make it that way. If I refuse to grant every wish my son has than he will know that some things are just not for him.
@Cocoa33 (921)
• United States
22 Nov 07
energy drinks are hazardous to your health. it can be damaging to anyone's health. it causes diabeties. kids should get energy the natural way by eating and drink right.
• Australia
22 Nov 07
You are right its not healthy for anyone let alone kids.
• Romania
21 Nov 07
Do not mast give energy drinks to chiled because those are into false energy. Is no better for children health.
• Australia
22 Nov 07
thanks for your responce
@vikceo (1301)
• India
21 Nov 07
i agree with you totally that enery drinks are not at all meant for children as they are not as active and their digestive system is also not so well develop to absorb and digest the enery drink.more over enerydrink are also not advisable for the normal people who dont do sternous activities daily
• Australia
21 Nov 07
Yes I know all that when I worked we had an order not to give our clients any energy drinks (I worked with disabled people) as they have lots of energy (well most of them) as it is and no way to burn that energy.
@livewyre (2455)
21 Nov 07
People do the dumbest things with their kids and wonder why the kids are problematic. We have bred the dumbest generation of parents since time began! Excess sugar, any caffeine, any cola, any fizzy drinks and all that crap should NEVER be given to kids as young as four, never mind two... What happened to basic parenting skills?? The trouble is that these dumb parents treat their kids like mini-teenagers by buying them branded trainers, giving them mobile phones and filling them full of coke and red bull. Did you ever see anything more ridiculous that a two-year-old in a pair of 'Nikes'? Give it a few more years and these people will be saying 'I'll give my kid another glass of Brandy if it helps her to sleep!!!' I just realised, I bet there are already people doing that... You are right to treat your child as a child, to be nourished rather than corrupted and poisoned - Later on in life, those kids will be asking their parents 'why did you do that to me??'
• Australia
21 Nov 07
How about Nike for a newborn or a 6 month old? I totaly get what you are saying it is totaly dumb the way some parents act today.
@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Why energy drinks? Why not just give them vitamins? Childrens vitamins are much better than giving them energy drinks. Kids have enough energy why would they need more. My 11 year old asked me to buy him Red Bull from the ice cream truck because he said the ice cream guy won't sell them to kids. I said I would have to see what is in the drink before I do and I left it at that. He didn't ask again thank goodness. He told me one of his friends drinks it. I wonder why his friend would need an energy drink at all. He's a kid that would make him hyper I would guess. In my opinion its not a good idea.
• Australia
21 Nov 07
I dont know if the law forbids him to sell it to kids or he decided not to sell them to kids but that is great to know. Vitamins and energy drinks are 2 different things I dont think there is anything good in them to be honest expecially for young kids.
@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
21 Nov 07
Hello my dear!I think that she give her kids a poison!!First I was so surprise when I saw energy drinks in all ours regular market places!Water, milk and natural juice are drinks healthy for all especially for our children!!You are right and no one have no right to give something to your child that you didn't permit!See you and Regards Silvana
• Australia
21 Nov 07
I am suprised that they are sold so easily in the shops as well. Here we cant get alchohol in normal super market, lighters and matches are often kept at the service desk. You have to be over 18 to buy spray paint, but these drinks are sold neht to the orange juice
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
21 Nov 07
I would never give a child one of those drinks. I don't even drink them myself. They are nothing but a ton of sugar and caffeine. Would you give your child a cup of coffee, or a spoon and a bowl full of sugar? No, so why an energy drink. Children have enough energy to support their activities, they don't need any extra. Not only are these drinks bad, but they cause you to crash when it wears off, and can cause addiction. I wish people would think more carefully about what they give to their children.
• Australia
21 Nov 07
I honestly wish that to but aperently it is the latest thing. On top of that the kids have no way to burn that extra energy so it takes them ages to fall asleep.
• United States
22 Nov 07
Omg! i would have freaked out.and never take my child back over there...that can cause them health problems ... If u have drank a energy drink before.you would know that when u are active it makes your heart beat faster. just imagine what it could do to a small child heart. POSSIBLY THROW THEM INTO A HEART ATTAK? not sure im no dr. but when your heats beats so fast its barley keeping up with itself what happend? your bllood pressure rises.. ugh! i dont even wanna think about it. i think u r wonderful for not letting ur child drink that stuff. i would not want to be in any situation again were my child could get ahold of a drink like that.