K ids do not need sports or energy drinks. They need water. Some energy drinks contain more than 500 mg caffeine – which is like drinking 14 cans of soda! Caffeine has been linked with harmful effects on developing neurologic and cardiovascular systems of children. Energy drinks are never appropriate for children or teens. If sports drinks are consumed reduce frequency and contact time, and swallow immediately. Sipping sports drinks produces cavities due to sugar contact and erosive acids present in sports drinks. Drink water.