Young children at risk for serious cardiac and neurological symptoms related to energy drinks.

energydrinksThe has presented its newest at its 2014 meeting calling it the tip of the iceberg. The data represents analyzed records from the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System over a three year period.

Energy drinks represent 40 % of the reports involving children younger than 6 with serious cardiac and neurological symptoms. Of the 5,156 reported cases of energy drink exposure, 40 percent were unintentional, (i.e. unforeseen or unplanned) by young children. Moderate to major outcomes were reported in 42 percent of cases involving energy drinks that had been mixed with ethanol (alcohol) and in 19 percent of non-alcohol-containing energy drinks.

(including abnormal heart rhythm and conduction abnormalities) were reported in 57% of cases and 55% of cases included neurological including seizures and status epilepticus.

Energy drinks containing diverse sources were linked to a higher rate of side effects including the nervous, digestive or cardiovascular systems. Some energy drinks contain up to 400 (mg) of per can or bottle, four times the amount typically found in a .

poisoning can occur at levels higher than 400 mg a day in adults; above 100 mg a day in adolescents; and at 2.5 mg per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight in children younger than 12, he said.

Researchers recommend improved labeling for containing products including efforts to decrease exposure of young children to these products.

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http://newsroom.heart.org/news/poison-control-data-show-energy-drinks-and-young-kids-dont-mix?preview=8c0e

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