A new study finds more than 40 percent of calls to the National Poison Data System about energy drinks involve children under age 6. In many cases, the children experienced abnormal heart rhythms or seizures, CNN reports.
Most parents were not aware that their children had consumed an energy drink, the article notes. The nation’s 55 poison centers received 5,156 calls about energy drink exposure between October 2010 and September 2013.
Lead researcher Dr. Steven Lipshultz of Wayne State University in Detroit said he believes the number of cases associated with energy drinks is greater than reported in the study, because some parents whose children get sick from the beverages go straight to the emergency room. “The reported data probably represent the tip of the iceberg,” he said.