Stimulant Gum Possible Danger for Children
Gum that contains the stimulant caffeine may be harmful for children.
Wired PR News – Chewing gum that contains caffeine may be a danger to the health of children and teenagers. As reported by HealthDay News, a case of a 13 year-old, who was taken to the hospital after experiencing symptoms from chewing a substantial amount of gum that contained the stimulant. The boy was said to have become agitated and aggressive, and suffered abdominal and other issues. He had chewed two packs of caffeinated gum, which is equal to the caffeine content of a little more than three normal sized cups of coffee.
Francesco Natale and colleagues, who authored the study, which was recently published in The Lancet, is quoted in the report as writing of the case, “Our patient…presumably had high caffeine sensitivity in view of his low habitual caffeine intake, so 320 mg was a substantial amount of caffeine… It was unlikely that…other ingredients of the chewing gum played a part in this case, because their doses were low or they would induce different signs and symptoms from those found in our patient. The use of stimulant chewing gum should be considered in cases of caffeine intoxication. The risk of intoxication is high in children and teenagers in view of general caffeine-naivety, and the unrestricted sale of these substances.”