Energy drinks are high risk for young children

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Green Bay, Wis.(WFRV)- A new study suggests that energy drinks could pose a real problem for children. 

The study was released by the American Heart Association and says about 40% of calls made to poison control centers nation wide are related to child exposure to energy drinks when the children are under six years of age. 

The report also says common problems associated with the calls include abnormal heart rhythm or seizures. 
Local health officials say children usually get a hold of energy drinks without the their parents knowledge. 

“We leave our soda sitting down. Our kids drink from it. The energy drink looks like soda, tastes like coolaid or soda,” says Dr. Donald Beno from Aurora Baycare Medical Center, “They have large amounts of sugar in them as well, so not only are you high on caffeine but high on sugar as well.”

Energy drink makers are not required to list the amount of caffeine in a drink because caffeine is not a nutrient. 

“Everything in moderation is important, but the key is if we wouldn’t let them have a cup of coffee because of what it’s going to do to them, why would we have them drink something that has three times as much caffeine as coffee?”

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