Len Rome’s Local Health: Dangers of energy drinks for kids

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You’ll find energy drinks everywhere — in commercial sports sponsorships and entertainment events.

While most come with a warning that they are not recommended for children under 16, there are no federal laws prohibiting the sale of energy drinks to children.

Dr. Diane Schnee, with the Cleveland Clinic, said the effects of caffeine are harsher on children.

“Caffeine, in general, is a stimulant. For adults, typically, they take it for alertness, or to be awake or more focused during the day but it is a stimulant. So if we take a stimulant and put it in a child who is substantially smaller than an adult, these effects can be amplified.”

Caffeine can affect a child’s central nervous and cardiovascular systems.

Experts say caffeine shouldn’t be given to children under 12 and children over 12 should have no more than 100 milligrams each day.

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