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Is it safe for my child to take high-energy drinks while playing sports?

Drinks that contain a large amount of caffeine, or other stimulants are not designed for children to consume and the dosages are designed for adult size bodies and metabolisms.  Non stimulant drinks such as an electrolyte based drinks are safe for children to drink, but for most events under 90 minutes in duration, there is little evidence to support that they improve performance. For most activities, water is the best option for your child.

A typical 12 ounce energy drink has about three times the amount of caffeine as does a 12 ounce Coca-Cola. For children and adults, too much caffeine can cause jitteriness and nervousness, upset stomach, headaches, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, increased heart rate and increased blood pressure. Water is always a safe option.

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