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Millions of adults start their day every day with a cup of coffee, but caffeine is a stimulant that is not recommended for kids.
"It effects their brain. It definitely does, in higher doses, effect their development both exothermically and physically," said Dr. Manny Cirenza, a pediatrician.
Although caffeine is not stored in the body, people may feel its effects for up to six hours if they are sensitive to it.
Cirenza said, "It can disturb their sleep and not let them be able to settle down and get off the way we like to see them do that."
Energy drinks are easily available and many kids love them. A popular brand called Mega Monster has 280 milligrams of caffeine in a 24 ounce can. Red Bull has 80 mgs in a 8.4 ounce can. Mountain Dew has 55mg, while Coke and Pepsi both have about 40mg of caffeine.
There is a special concern for kids who are eating and drinking caffeine and who are exercising or play a vigorous sport.
"If it's the first thing they are reaching for is a Mountain Dew or Red Bull, that is going to further augment the amount of dehydration that they already are going to be experiencing and that is not going to help with their recovery and probably not going to help with their sleep that night if they are doing this later in the day. Caffeine is a dangerous product," said Cirenza.