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Quick! Five News want you thoughts on giving kids "energy drinks"

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HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Jun-09 17:17:34

Hello. Five News want to know what you think about giving children Red Bull and other high-caffeine "energy" drinks - in response to this story?

Would you let your children drink them?

Or would you horrified at the idea - and why?

DrZeus Tue 16-Jun-09 17:20:17

Kids don't need high energy drinks - it's a marketing hype. Caffeine is definitely not a requirement in a youngsters diet, and they certainly don't need any more sugar. A balance diet and WATER is absolutely fine. I'd never give my kids an "energy" drink - no way!

TheProfiteroleThief Tue 16-Jun-09 17:22:31

Cannot imagine why any child would need them and not overly keen on adults drinking them.

Lizzylou Tue 16-Jun-09 17:25:09

No way, my boys are perfectly feral on water and milk.
Caffeine is bad for children anyway, doesn't it inhibit iron absorption? Or something?

ICantFindAFreeNickName Tue 16-Jun-09 17:26:28

No never. I would not even drink them myself.

Itsjustafleshwound Tue 16-Jun-09 17:28:57

Caffeine is a stimulant and has addictive properties ... it should not be given to children.

Jaquelinehyde Tue 16-Jun-09 17:31:53

Why not just give them a strong black coffee instead, much cheaper.

Oh yes that's right, it's because it's bad for them!

hmm hmm hmm

mankyscotslass Tue 16-Jun-09 17:32:17

It wouldn't even occur to me to give my children them.

Do people actually give their kids Red Bull and such like? shock

My kids bounce off the walls without any extra help, plus I am sure I heard about caffeine interfering with iron absorbtion, I think my midwife warned me when I was pregnant and low on iron.

In saying that I have been known to have a Lucozade when I am feeling really worn out and need a bit of a boost. blush

But I can't bring myself to drink something like Red bull <boak>

snigger Tue 16-Jun-09 17:32:38

I'd be horrified - a product that is specifically designed to induce an unnatural spike in energy and is crammed full of the right ingredients to do so is far from my idea of balanced nutrition.

Sure, they love sugar, but I don't sit them down with a double espresso in the morning so they can face the day at school - let their little nervous systems alone with the artificial stimulants.

belgo Tue 16-Jun-09 17:34:30

No way would I give them to my children. My children are lively enough as it is.

AbricotsSecs Tue 16-Jun-09 17:36:41

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serenity Tue 16-Jun-09 17:45:52

Good grief, no not a chance. Too much caffeine, too many chemicals - it's a stimulant, it's an adult drink.

PerfectPrefect Tue 16-Jun-09 17:47:27

Kids should get their energy from PRPOER food and drink

belgo Tue 16-Jun-09 17:52:22

Is anyone on this site going to admit to giving it to their children, or at least turning a blind eye at parties etc ?

OlympedeGouges Tue 16-Jun-09 17:53:19

I am amazed any school would allow it in their premises tbh. Bonkers.

littlelamb Tue 16-Jun-09 17:58:02

Horrible idea. If I want dd hyped up I've discovered fizzy laces are a much cheaper option wink

LyraSilvertongue Tue 16-Jun-09 18:01:46

I would never allow my children to have energy drinks. They don't need artificial stimulants and they can only be bad for them.
Besides they have enough energy of their own.

fruitshootsandheaves Tue 16-Jun-09 18:06:21

My DD had a drink of red bull before cross country races a few times. She must have been around 14.
My DD's do take sports drinks to their training sessions (not red bull) they just seem to be full of sugar rather than caffeine thou which is probably just as bad.

Will I be pelted with sausage rolls now and have fruit shoots posted through my letterbox?

Doyouthinktheysaurus Tue 16-Jun-09 18:09:18

I don't drink them myself and would never give them to my ds's. I completely condone the schools approach.

janeite Tue 16-Jun-09 18:09:20

I am horrified at the idea. Essentially they are stimulants and are also loaded with sugar. Our school banned them after I made a stand. I wouldn't dream of letting my children drink them and fail to see really why adults would want them either.

I love LizzyLou's comment - 'perfectly feral' is a fantastic oxymoron!

louii Tue 16-Jun-09 18:13:38

They are dangerous enough in adults never mind children.
Wonder if any studies been done in relation to energy drinks and all these young sports playing lads who have died over the past few years?
Coincidence, i think not!

These drinks are a real pet hate of mine.

liahgen Tue 16-Jun-09 18:14:09

nope. Children do not need energy drinks, Water is enough

Jux Tue 16-Jun-09 18:15:50

Absolutely not. Why don't they go for alcokids instead?

jambutty Tue 16-Jun-09 18:17:44

My children? Need energy drinks? I think not. Except for when it comes to tidying their rooms, of course. Bad for your health and completely unnecessary, IMHO. Energy drinks, that is, not tidying one's room grin. Agree with the school's policy if they believe there to be a direct link between bad behaviour and drinking that drink.

ThePhantomPlopper Tue 16-Jun-09 18:18:40

Aside from the high caffeine content there are many other issues that come from drinking high energy sports drinks even for adults.

Ridiculous idea to give them to children.

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