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For giving my son RedBull?

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PinkPatrick Wed 28-Oct-09 13:37:06

My son has a competition coming up on Sunday. He needs to be super fit and rearing to go otherwise he's going to get beat up basically!!

He would normally be ok but he hasn't trained for over a month. He went to a pre-comp training session last night and was knackered after the warm up.

Is it really bad if, just this once I let him have a couple of cans of red bull before we go?

He's 11.

LaurieScaryCake Wed 28-Oct-09 13:38:29

don't be daft smile

how about weetabix, banana etc

way more appropriate

TrillianSlasher Wed 28-Oct-09 13:39:19

It won't help.

Why has he not trained for a month if he has a competition?

tethersend Wed 28-Oct-09 13:39:21

Are you having a laugh? hmm

bigchris Wed 28-Oct-09 13:39:31

why hasnt he trained? Has he been ill?

harleyd Wed 28-Oct-09 13:39:39

no way he'll get jittery and lose concentration

henryhuggins Wed 28-Oct-09 13:40:43

certainly you are, it's not really suitable for children.
if he's not up to it, he's not up to it - maybe he can sit this one out?

Goblinchild Wed 28-Oct-09 13:41:34

Red Bull sends my daughter of 18 ballistic and the effect is almost like amphetamines.

He is likely to lose focus, become hyper, inattentive and possibly aggressive. Drugs are a poor response to lack of training, so I'd say no. let him do his best without the caffeine overload and then use any negative results to underline the need for consistent hard work to achieve results.
I hope this is a wind-up, otherwise you are a poor example of parenting in my opinion

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Oct-09 13:41:41

This had to be a windup.

gorionine Wed 28-Oct-09 13:41:54

what is the next stage, amphetamines?
What sport is it?

tethersend Wed 28-Oct-09 13:42:19

Mumsnet's position on fruitshoots should give you some idea of how this is going to go down...

I don't think this is real

IdrisTheDragon Wed 28-Oct-09 13:42:21

Not a good idea.

What sort of competition is it?

LuluDanceOnMyGrave Wed 28-Oct-09 13:43:38

FFS, if he's in bad shape then he shouldn't be competing! Never mind the whole red bull issue, what if he injures himself? Is this competition REALLY more important than your son's health???

PinkPatrick Wed 28-Oct-09 13:43:41

no not a wind up, I just assumed it would give him a boost of energy, didn't realise it was so dodgy.

Isn't it just like a strong lucozade drink??

GibbonWithAnAppleBobbingBibOn Wed 28-Oct-09 13:45:32

Banned in some countries. That should tell you enough tbh.

Vile stuff.

LaurieScaryCake Wed 28-Oct-09 13:45:40

no, it has caffeine in it to get the boost, not just sugar like lucozade

tethersend Wed 28-Oct-09 13:45:40

"Isn't it just like a strong lucozade drink??"

Kind of, in the same way as speed is a strong form of sugar hmm

Alibooobaandthe40phantoms Wed 28-Oct-09 13:46:13

No it isn't - Lucozade is just glucose.

Gracie123 Wed 28-Oct-09 13:46:53

What's the competition?

SerendipitousHarlot Wed 28-Oct-09 13:47:01

I drink Red Bull almost every day, I justify it because I don't drink coffee.

However, I wouldn't DREAM of giving it to an 11 year old shock

Caffeine wouldn't do him any good anyway surely? It's not going to help him be better at his sport. And why hasn't he trained for such a long time if he has a competition?

GibbonWithAnAppleBobbingBibOn Wed 28-Oct-09 13:47:37

I feel a bit harsh. If you truly had no idea exactly what red bull is, then I can gently say it is not suitable for children (or adults imo but that's another thread)

DuelingFANGo Wed 28-Oct-09 13:49:31

Are you the same guy who left his kids in the swimming pool changing room?

PinkPatrick Wed 28-Oct-09 13:50:36

He hasn't trained for so long as we have been on holiday and the comp kind of crept up on us. Didn't realise it was only a week away until Monday.

I drink a redbull equivilant every day and never feel any different tbh.

It's a mixed martial arts competition.

biggirlsdontcry Wed 28-Oct-09 13:51:11

mmmm wondering if i know you in real -
i know of an 11 yr old boy who is drinking red bull amongst other unsuitable energy drinks , & he is in boxing competitions & his name is Patrick ??
beside the fact that these drinks are very bad for children's teeth , they have caffeine in them .

PinkPatrick Wed 28-Oct-09 13:51:12

No, Duellingfango hmm

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