CPS urges children to avoid caffeinated energy drinks
A statement by the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) has advised that children should avoid caffeinated energy drinks, as they have the potential to cause serious health problems.
Though caffeinated drinks are claimed to boost energy, improve concentration levels, and reduce fatigue, the amount of caffeine added to these drinks are much higher than the limit suggested by Health Canada for children.
This could lead to more serious consequences when mixed with alcohol.
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario paediatrician and co-author of the statement Catherine Pound said: “For most children and youth, sports drinks are unnecessary. Energy drinks are unnecessary at best and dangerous at worst.
“Doctors should counsel patients and their families about the potential risks and side effects of using these beverages and should screen routinely for their use.”
CPS also noted that sports drinks are often marketed by the companies as fluid replacements during sports or vigorous physical activity.
Dietitians of Canada member and co-author of the statement Becky Blair said: “Sports and caffeinated energy drinks may contribute to obesity and dental cavities in children and adolescents. When it comes to staying hydrated, water is the best choice for kids.”
Due to the health risks associated with the consumption of caffeinated energy drinks, CPS is also advocating for a legislation to prevent companies from targeting youth and children from their marketing strategy.
The CPS represents more than 3,000 paediatricians, paediatric subspecialists, and other child health professionals across Canada.