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Are sports drinks good for kids?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
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In brief: Not really

They are just a hair shy of juices, which are nothing more then liquid candy.
They serve no great purpose and have lots of sugar. Avoid them as much as you can.

In brief: Not really

They are just a hair shy of juices, which are nothing more then liquid candy.
They serve no great purpose and have lots of sugar. Avoid them as much as you can.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Water, the best drink on earth!
Dr. Siatta Dunbar
Sports Medicine

In brief: Sports drinks

are generally not recommended for children because of the added calories.
For most forms of exercise, water during and after is sufficient for re-hydration. See the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation. https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/kids-should-not-consume-energy-drinks,-and-rarely-need-sports-drinks,-says-aap.aspx

In brief: Sports drinks

are generally not recommended for children because of the added calories.
For most forms of exercise, water during and after is sufficient for re-hydration. See the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation. https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/kids-should-not-consume-energy-drinks,-and-rarely-need-sports-drinks,-says-aap.aspx
Dr. Siatta Dunbar
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics

In brief: Not necessary

Sports drinks are not medically necessary unless the child is involved in highly cardiovascular (running, swimming, soccer, basketball, etc) sports for over an hour at a time.
If so a sports drink can help replete electrolytes lost thru sweating. However stopping every 20 min or so for water breaks is better. Sports drinks contain a lot of sugar- think of them as a snack, not as health food.

In brief: Not necessary

Sports drinks are not medically necessary unless the child is involved in highly cardiovascular (running, swimming, soccer, basketball, etc) sports for over an hour at a time.
If so a sports drink can help replete electrolytes lost thru sweating. However stopping every 20 min or so for water breaks is better. Sports drinks contain a lot of sugar- think of them as a snack, not as health food.
Dr. Laura Webb
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