The recommendations come in the wake of a national debate over energy drinks, which experts fear may have side effects.
“Children never need energy drinks,” said Dr. Holly Benjamin, of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who worked on the new report. “They contain caffeine and other stimulant substances that aren’t nutritional, so you don’t need them.”
And kids might be more vulnerable to the contents of energy drinks than grownups.
“If you drink them on a regular basis, it stresses the body,” Benjamin told Reuters Health. “You don’t really want to stress the body of a person that’s growing.”