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Should Your Child Drink Sports Drinks?

Staying hydrated while playing sports or working out is very important. For most children, special sports drinks containing electrolytes, minerals, carbs and flavoring are not necessary. In fact, they can be detrimental to your child’s overall health. A recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics cautions parents on the overuse of sports drinks.

“For most children engaging in routine physical activity, plain water is best,” said coauthor Holly J. Benjamin, MD, FAAP, a member of the executive committee of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. “Sports drinks contain extra calories that children don’t need, and could contribute to obesity and tooth decay. It’s better for children to drink water during and after exercise, and to have the recommended intake of juice and low-fat milk with meals. Sports drinks are not recommended as beverages to have with meals.”

Additionally, many sports drinks contain acids that wear down tooth enamel. If your child is drinks several zero calorie sports drinks a day they could cause permanent loss of enamel.

Please talk with Dr. Haring, Dr. Matracia or Dr. Gay.  They’ll help you and your child understand the risks and benefits of sports drinks.