The main reason for taking energy drinks is to boost the energy levels in the body. You can also take it to gain stamina, improve your athletic performance, and to have better concentration.
To make this possible, energy drinks manufacturers use substances such as caffeine, vitamins, sweeteners, taurine, and herbal supplements. If you are healthy, you will be able to tolerate the moderate use of energy drinks without getting any side effects.
The use of energy drinks by children as young as 12 years has increased at an alarming rate and this is a cause for concern. There are various severe side effects that are linked to the uncontrolled use of energy drinks by children.
Among the side effects of taking energy drinks are:
- Sudden death
A child who has conditions such as liver complication, cardiovascular diseases, renal failure, seizures, behavioral disorders, and diabetes is more likely to suffer from the above side effects. There are medications that will interact with energy drinks as well and you should remain cautious.
The excessive use of caffeine by children may lead to dehydration. This is due to the increase in urine flow and sweating.
Though children may experience an increase in their concentration after taking a moderate amount of energy drink, the harm it will cause will be worse. The child will be unable to sleep properly and the blood pressure may be too high.
With the continued use, instead of being able to concentrate after taking caffeine, the children will be unable to concentrate. This will call for the consumption of a higher dose which will be more harmful.
There should be proper regulatory measures so that children can be denied access to energy drinks. If you are a parent, ensure that your child does not have access to energy drinks at will.
The side effects that your child will suffer from the use of energy drinks exceed the benefits of using them. Ensuring that your child will not take such harmful substances in his tender age will be more beneficial.