Do you let your kids drink Monster drinks?

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Registered: 01-17-2013
Do you let your kids drink Monster drinks?
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Thu, 01-17-2013 - 8:29am

Hello to everyone out there.I am new here and wanted to know if you let your teenagers drink Monster drinks? I notice I am seeing them all the time now in the hands of other kids and at sporting events. I have heard somewhere they are dangerous so have forbidden them and asked my kids not to drink them but I wanted to see if anyone had any first hand knowledge of them. I do know that anyone can buy them so I am now thinking that maybe they aren't dangerous at all since kids can purchase them. Does anyone know what is really in them?

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 12:44pm

My daughter drank one once when she was out with friends. She only told me about it later, but she didn't like the way it made her feel. She said she was all edgy and jumpy, so she decided on her own to leave them alone. I'm not sure exactly what the contents are, but I know they have a lot of caffeine.

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 3:35pm
Absolutely not! I was just showing my tweeners an article a friend shared on FBcouple of weeks ago about a girl drank several of them at once and died of a caffeine overdose. It's also been in the news this week that the number of visits to ER because of energy drinks has doubled over the past few years: http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/er-visits-linked-to-energy-drinks-double I don't see any reason that anyone truly needs to be ingesting these drinks.

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Registered: 08-08-2012
Fri, 01-18-2013 - 12:18pm

When the drinks first came out I even warned my adult kids about the effects, though one still drank it like soda, happily he is still healthy and does not drink them much if at all anymore.

There is no way I would let my younger kids drink them,. Kids have a natural energy that does not need to be messed with. When they are tired they need to nap or rest, not drink energy drinks. That is what I tell them, and we have discussed the possible bad side effects of the energy drinks and they are well informed.

Hopefully more parents will sit down and talk to their kids about the latest rise in ER visits as Melissa posted.