2 Jun 2010

Parents warned against giving children 'energy' drinks

8:14 pm on 2 June 2010

The Food Safety Authority is advising parents and caregivers not to give their children energy drinks or energy shots, because of the high levels of caffeine in the drinks.

Environmental Science & Research (ESR) has completed a risk profile on caffeine for the authority.

The authority's public health principal adviser, Donald Campbell, says if children or young teenagers consume too many energy drinks they could suffer dizziness, anxiety, tremors and insomnia.

And he says pregnant women should avoid energy drinks altogether and try to limit their caffeine intake.