A new report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children do not need to drink most of the energy drinks currently being marketed and said that they need to know the difference between sports drinks and energy drinks.
The report, published in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics, said that children are not aware of the potentially dangerous levels of caffeine present in majority of the energy drinks currently available in the market.
The researchers said that the main aim of using such drinks is to rehydrate after exercise but drinking those products which are high in caffeine levels could be dangerous for the children. Instead of using energy drinks filled with caffeine, the researchers suggested that the children should instead use sports drinks which contain carbohydrates and electrolytes which restore the level of water in the body.
"Some kids are drinking energy drinks, containing large amounts of caffeine, when their goal is simply to rehydrate after exercise. This means they are ingesting large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants, which can be dangerous", the co-author of the study, Dr Marcie Beth Schneider said.