Hardcore energy drink not for kids

Filed under: Teens, Health & Safety: Babies

If you are the parent of a teenager or a pre-teen, then you know that kids today appear to have a fascination with energy drinks. The trends seem to go in and out in waves; one week it is Red Bull, the next week it is something else entirely. However, it may be a good idea to check the labels for warnings, as not all energy drinks are created equal.

Several kids have apparently had to seek medical care after consuming one such product, a locally-produced drink in Colorado called SPIKE Shooter. On the label there is a warning that the drink isn't intended for anyone under 16 or the elderly, as the beverage contains three times the caffeine that you will find in a regular cup of coffee, as well as herbal stimulants. Students have complained about shortness of breath, nausea, and even heart palpitations after drinking just one can, and at least one school has banned the product altogether.

Now to be fair, the product is covered in warnings of all kinds. In fact, I included a large picture of it just so everyone could see. They certainly aren't trying to hide the fact that it is a potent drink. Though this product is local to Colorado, I'm not sure if it is available elsewhere across the continent. However, there are dozens of other new products on the shelves that are also boosted with caffeine, herbs, or other ingredients that may just be harmful to your kid's health. We as parents have to take responsibility here and read the labels, talk to our kids, and know what they are drinking.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.