Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

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How can energy or sports drinks be harmful for children or adolescents?

Dr. Ruff discusses energy drinks and sports drinks. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Both energy drinks and sports drinks can be harmful for children and adolescents, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Energy drinks contains stimulants, such as caffeine, guarana and taurine, according to the AAP. For example, some energy drinks contain as much caffeine as about 14 cans of soda – about 500 mg.

Energy drinks can be a health risk because these stimulants should not be consumed by children and adolescents, according to the AAP.

Sports drinks contain carbohydrates and electrolytes that are supposed to replace these elements when they are lost through sweating during long stretches of physical activity, according the AAP.

Children don’t need the extra calories contained in sports drinks during their daily routine, according to the AAP. These drinks can contribute to obesity and tooth decay.

Talk to your physician for more information about the harmful effects energy drinks and sports drinks can have on children.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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