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Primary school child drinking red bull?

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CatsCantFlyFast · 07/06/2013 18:37

I was Shock on the way to work this morning when I saw a girl in school uniform (age 8ish) drinking red bull from the can when on the way to school with her mum. Surely this is not considered a reasonable drink to give to your daughter/son??

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LittleMissFuckedOff · 07/06/2013 18:37

Could've been worse. Could have been a Fruit Shoot.


YoniRanger · 07/06/2013 18:40

I would judge. Then feel bad because MN has taught me that there may be good reason. But I would still feel a tiny bit judgy.


IneedAsockamnesty · 07/06/2013 18:40

Given that I know 2 adults who have real issues with these drinks stuff like not being able to control bowels and drinking around 30+ cans a day I wouldn't even drink one so no chance would I let any child of mine.


BaconKetchup · 07/06/2013 18:42



IsThatTrue · 07/06/2013 18:42

I would judge, occasionally I've drunk red bull when I've needed caffeine as I don't drink coffee/tea, but it makes me jittery, and I'm a full grown adult, no way children should be drinking it!


LynetteScavo · 07/06/2013 18:43

I saw the same thing this week. The child was eating something which looked like a bar of chocolate. They were going to a school which is the catchment for a not particularly well off area, and I've been told by staff who work there they know some children come to school regularly not having had any breakfast. So I guess it's better than an empty stomach. Sad

Of course, it's compulsory for high school boys to drink Tango on the way to school, even if they have just shoveled down a load of porridge and bananas. Wink


BaconKetchup · 07/06/2013 18:43

30+ sockreturningpixie Shock

so unhealthy. that must be so expensive too!


CajaDeLaMemoria · 07/06/2013 18:43

30 cans of Red Bull a day is crazy. I hope someone is helping them to get help, that's a proper addiction.

Also, it must be costing them a fortune. 4 cans are £4 most of the time - that's £30 per day on drinks. Even if they stock up on half price sales, its £15 a day, or £105 per week.


wonderingsoul · 07/06/2013 18:44

no .. and i do nt see any reason why they should be drinking it tbh.


picnicbasketcase · 07/06/2013 18:44

I don't judge fruit shoots but you can bet your bum I'd be judging Red Bull. I don't even like seeing local secondary school kids drinking cans of energy crap in the mornings, never mind small children.


LynetteScavo · 07/06/2013 18:44

I made that sound like I find it difficult to recognise a bar of chocolate.

I'm pretty sure it was a snickers. Grin


wonderingsoul · 07/06/2013 18:45

expensive.. im an addict of redbull and on most i can drink 4 cans....

that many is a waiting heart attack and /or sure way to find living on the street due to spending all your dosh on liquid crack! #


Justforlaughs · 07/06/2013 18:46

There needs to be an age limit on energy drinks like these. When i worked at pre-school, one mother used to give her 2 year old a can just so she could laugh when he was bouncing of the walls! Working in a supermarket, I get annoyed that I am not allowed to refuse the sale to young children, despite teh fact that it is stated on teh can that they are unsuitable for children.


wonderingsoul · 07/06/2013 18:46

not every day i must add... im not that rich lol


miffybun73 · 07/06/2013 18:46

YANBU, very very wrong.


wonderingsoul · 07/06/2013 18:47

our local tesco refuses to seel them to people under 16.. so i would double check with yoru work?


littlemisstax · 07/06/2013 18:59

I was a first aider on a week long trip a few years ago. One mother handed me two cans of Red Bull to be given part way through the week (at given times) when her 11yo DC was tired. I sent them home afterwards.


Tortoise · 07/06/2013 19:11

My Ds2 age 13 drank 9 cans of monster in 3 days at his dad's house. I was furious! Not that xp will listen to me but I have told him it's not on.


BlackeyedSusan · 07/06/2013 19:22

it will be the caffeine for ADHD helps the child to be calm, rational and think clearly, similar effect to ritilin. surprised that so many of you did not know.


VerySmallSqueak · 07/06/2013 19:25

I have never drunk it and never would so there's no way I think a child should.

Tbh I think a primary aged child shouldn't have pop (unless it's a treat like at a party) let alone Red Bull.


VerySmallSqueak · 07/06/2013 19:27

Shit.I wrote that before I read your post BlackeyedSusan.

I apologise for my ignorance and I will remember that for the future when I next feel inclined to judge.


BlackeyedSusan · 07/06/2013 19:31

i would not expect everyone to know VSS, depends who you know i suppose, But i was suprised that no-one had posted that yet. i guess I know too many children with adhd.


Ilovegeorgeclooney · 07/06/2013 19:35

A 15 year old boy at a school near me had a heart attack in PE. The medics directly attributed it to him having drunk two cans of Red Bull on his way to school. I am happy to judge.


TheCrackFox · 07/06/2013 19:44

I've seen 18month olds drink it and yes I judged, hard.


verytellytubby · 07/06/2013 19:49

Jesus I'm really laid back but I think it should be banned completely. I read a mad statistic about how many gallons of water you need to flush it through your body. Toxic.

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