Keeping kids safe means watching what they eat
A new snack intended for adults to help them relax after a hectic day are nothing like what mom used to make. Lazy Cakes brownies contain melatonin, which occurs naturally in the body and is a top selling sleep aid; valerian root; and rose hips. It has been reported that people who have used synthetic marijuana, such as Spice or K2, say they get the same effects after eating Lazy Cakes, causing rumors that the brownies contain the same ingredients as synthetic marijuana.
The label on Lazy Cakes warns that people should consult a health care provider prior to consuming the brownies if the person is taking medications, pregnant or nursing. There is also a warning that the brownies are for adults only and should be kept out of the reach of children. However, Lazy Cakes packaging may suggest the makers of the brownies are targeting children with the colorful lettering and cartoon character on the purple label.
The amount of the melatonin in Lazy Cakes might be dangerous for children. The recommended daily amount of melatonin for adults is 0.3–5 mg per day. The ingredients label on Lazy Cakes indicates there is 4 mg of melatonin per serving. The serving size on the label is half the brownie. So, if a child eats the entire brownie, he or she is consuming 8 mg of melatonin, about twice the amount recommended for adults, putting children at greater risk for health issues.
There has been at least one report of a toddler in Tennessee being hospitalized after eating a Lazy Cake. In 2009, poison control centers reported they received about 5,000 melatonin-related calls involving children. Melatonin prompts the most calls of any herb or supplement.
Lazy Cakes can be found in many convenience stores and gas stations and are assessable to children. If you allow your child to visit convenience stores to purchase snacks, you may want to inspect their treats before they eat them. If your child has sampled a Lazy Cake and exhibits symptoms such as stomach cramps, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea or is unable to wake up, seek immediate medical attention.
Many teens consume several cans of energy drinks each day to keep them alert during school and at after-school jobs and have problems sleeping. Some teens have discovered Lazy Cakes effectiveness in helping them relax and that can lead to health problems if they are using the brownies to counteract the energy drinks.
Help keep our kids safe by monitoring their activities and talking to them about the dangers of using too much of any product.
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