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Honey Boo Boo Child: Is this for real?

Updated on August 8, 2012

Alana & her Mom

Go Go Juice or Go Go to the ER


In the United States, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department for Children And Families (DCF) define child maltreatment as any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child.

Ok, so I was watching TLC, with my mom and there was a mother that had us both in shock and disbelief. She gave her daughter a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew. Yes, you heard me correct! She calls it Go-go Juice. She compares it to the pixie stick that other Mom's give their daughters to keep them energized while they are in the pageant. Do not get me wrong I do not condone what the Mom's are doing in the least bit, however, there is no comparison. A little sugar from a stick versus an energy drink mixed with soda.

One could surmise that she is setting this child up for some serious health issues, it has been proven in a study that heightened Red Bull use can cause trauma to the heart and brain. It clearly states that it should be used in conjunction with seriously high leveled sports or recreation. Maybe I am wrong, but you don't break a sweat during a patient. That there is no intense workout or physical movement, maybe there is? For me, the perspiration you acquire from a dance routine or prancing about a stage does not require any stamina.

How does T.L.C reward this obvious bad parenting, they give the little girl and her family a television show? I guess maybe we can see her go into full cardiac arrest, right? I remember seeing the little girl and her mother appear on several shows, where her mother defended and justified her use of this go-go juice. Dr. Drew even had the pair on his show, in no way am I holding this poor little child responsible for her mother's non-judgment she is the victim. So, Dr. Drew tries the go-go juice and he visibly has the affects of fatigue, dry mouth, panting a bit. The little girl innocently tells him, "Get ready to be bouncing off the walls!"

To my horror, the mother smiled and the audience laughed at the little girl's comment. I thought to myself, what if she gets going and can't stop. Why is this mother not held responsible for her obvious bad parents. She does not display one ounce of remorse, but of course why would she, she is being rewarded for it ."RED BULL was created to stimulate the brains in people who are subjected to great physical force and in "stress coma" and never to be consumed like an innocent drink or soda pop."

So, I'm reading how it can cause liver damage, brain damage, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, thinking is this all worth it? These affects are for those engaging in athletic movement, which the can suggests that you be engaged in. It is not meant for leisure. It is my opinion that if a parent is reprimanded by Benadryl usage on their children, which can be seen as abuse, why is this not abuse, too?!

I want to bring your attention to one particular ingredient that you can see on the blown up can it is called, "GLUCURONOLACTONE." Google it and its harmful affects. Apparently it was given by the United States Department of Defense to stimulate the moral of the troops based in VIETNAM, which acted like a hallucinogenic drug that calmed the stress of the war.
The effects in the organism were so devastating, that it was discontinued, because of the high index of cases of migraines, cerebral tumors and diseases of the liver that was evident in the soldiers who consumed it. Yet this is what Mom gives her baby for none of those reasons.

You have countries such as France, Denmark, Turkey, Uruguay, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, that band their use on children under 15. Studies have found the adverse effects to be liver damage, kidney failure, respiratory disorders, hypertension, heart issues, and fatalities. Twenty-five percent of caffeine overdoes have been for children under the age of 6 in the United States.

I think that this mother has to have a better distinguishing eye for what sales on tv, which is just about anything and the affects it has her daughter. As a parent we are to protect our children. For me, this is exploitation in such a dangerous way. If you want to make money by doing a television show, by all means go ahead, but do not allow your daughter to be affected for life, by you putting her health and well being in harms way for a few commercial laughs and to win a pageant.

Patients and ratings come and go, but your child, your job as her mother is for ever. You are supposed to guide and nurture your daughter, not hop her up on something to suit your purpose. Yeah she may go-go on go-go juice, but what are you really doing to her. You know she is not doing anything physical, yet you give her an energy drink mixed with soda. You compare it to giving pixie sticks. I have provided the ingredients to the candy, so we can all see just how ridiculous it is.

Do I think Go-go Mom should go to jail, if she does not understand what she is doing no, but if she is explained the affects and continues to move forward with her go-go juice. Then, I feel she has no respect for the best interest of her child and she should spend some time behind bars it might go-go her back to reality and responsibility. Tell me what you think?

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      brittvan22 19 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Katheryn Hill haven't been on into a minute, working on an original play that's currently in production. I will definitely possibly be rejoining the community on my free time which is very sporadic these days.

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      Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

      Like Nero playing the violin while Rome burns.

      BTW Thanks for all the fun and games over at the "Is abortion is murder?" forum. But you do not join us much. How come?

      Looks like you have a lot of great hubs!

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      brittvan22 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Integrity, yes she is definitely is a thousand times over and if you tuned into the show boy did you add quite a few more things.

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      I definitely voted up. That mother is so wrong.

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      April Savage 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you brittvan22. Hah! I have family in Kentucky, definitely know what rednecks are and they are rednecks!!! LOL! I think the show is a shame to family life and a bad influence for kids. I see kids up here Boo boo's age with no teeth, ya know why? Cause their parent's let them drink soda, Mountain Dew or Ale8 all the time. Hence the saying: Toothless bubba rednecks!

      And furthermore, I do not agree with beauty pageants for little girls anyway, remember Jon Bene Ramsey? Why can't these parents let their kids be kids instead of idolizing them into super models before they even grow into their body parts! Ridiculous!! I just believe these pageants help the parents to "succeed" and do little for the children other than teaching them selfishness and that outward appearances matter more than being who you are.

      I am sure your wonderful hub will open eyes and hopefully help other parents understand the importance of letting your kids be kids!!

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Chloe, its a very real situation, that t.l.c is making light of for ratings no doubt, the show premieres tonight, its just surprising what some parents will do to try to win a pageant. She is lucky that those talk show hosts are playing nice, so they can try the drink, me on the other hand, would have took her to task and had the guys in blue waiting on her after the show. Thanks for sharing.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @April thanks appreciate the support, I expect that the show they are promoting will have go-go juice, mud in someway, and food eating competition, etc, I surmise this because I saw a preview where she kept repeating they were not rednecks, so I figured here goes her stab at another redneck show, smh.

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      chloelozano 5 years ago

      I have to admit my jaw dropped when I read this article and saw the videos. My kids don't even get soda unless it is a special occasion like a birthday party and even then I only let them have decaf sodas like Sierra Mist or Root Beer. The fact that this woman gives her child Red Bull is child abuse in my opinion and to be quite honest someone should really look into her parenting ability and whether she should even have custody of her child. The fact this baby is drinking that much sugar, caffeine, and the DANGEROUS CHEMICALS in Red Bull is frightening. That baby is going to have a heart attack before she is ten :(

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      April Savage 5 years ago from Florida

      I know! LOL! Might as well go with it. Great article!!!!

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @April you guys are too much, lmbo~!

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Rgnestle, lmbo, you hit the nail on the big head~! I think it would take a pixie stick army to make a pixie stick beat down enough for cereal (serial) mom.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Royal, thanks, its complete madness and I am sure T.L.C. will has got the contract tights and will not be liable if anythings happens during this foolishness that the Mom has set in place for futures to watch for entertainment. I am not into the show either, just flipped through and saw it, was shocked, then she and her Mom are on all the talk shows, and now have a show of their own, I thought, boy does neglect equal a television show.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Angela, my thoughts exactly? I agree with you 100 percent, but she get a show instead of a trip to the slammer. Thanks for sharing.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Patty, thanks, It is an absolute shame, thats she dopes her up on caffeine and sugar and watches the effects as if it is cool or funny. The little girl when doped up should do more than try to pull her hair out its a total shame and disgrace.

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      April Savage 5 years ago from Florida

      Don't think a pixie stick would cover her.....lol!!!! It would break.

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      RGNestle 5 years ago from Seattle

      That mom is a tub of lard and is setting her daughter up for diabetes and weight problems too. And what is next? SPEED? HEROINE? METH? Stupid woman shouldn't just be arrested, she should be beaten (with a pixi stick).

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      royalblkrose 5 years ago from florida

      well written hub! you ask good questions, and make great observations!

      Personally, I don't like the "toddlers and tiaras'" show, and I find the actions of this pageant mom deplorable. and to make things worse... T.L.C. is rewarding the bad behavior of this mother by giving her and her daughter their own show!

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      The mom behind this child must be certifiable! No, we can't tell someone how to parent but there are services that step in and stop this sort of thing -- where are they? If this was televised the world must be aware and yet no action was taken? Poor little girl. Excellent Hub and information. Best/Sis

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Awesome presentation!!! I am shocked that a parent would give their kid so much sugar. I have 4 kids, ages 17, 15, 11, and 8...and perhaps a little biased because I don't let them drink energy drinks nor too much soda...if they do have soda, they split 2 cans between the 4 of them. On occasion they are allowed to have a full soda, but that isn't too often.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Ttomb, tune into tlc soon and you will definitely get a glance at it. TLC is promoting their new show, "Here come honey boo boo!" Smh.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      This mother is scary! I can only imagine what her daughter is going to grow up to be like. *shutter*

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @April, I agree.

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      April Savage 5 years ago from Florida

      I think it obvious the mother is relishing in the spot light on her daughters health and expense, Only time will tell what will happen.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Violet, I would agree, the look on her mother's face says it all for me. She is either starstruck or agressively defending her position. It would appear that she loves the attention more than her daughter.

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      Jessica Ellen Holbrook 5 years ago from Newark, DE, USA

      I would never give a kid let alone a toddler an energy drink. They naturally have lots of energy and if they seem low on it they are either overworked or sick or both! I think that in order for a parent to enroll their child into competative beauty pagents they should be required to undergo psych evaluations. It seems the majority of the craziness going on in the media with kids is the dirrect result of an overbearing demanding parent.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @starmom add soda and an energy drink and you got go-go juice.

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      Starmom41 5 years ago

      not in a million years would I give a little kid "energy drinks"!

      when my kids were little, I didn't even give them soda.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Pinkchic18, Thanks, I remember a case in Georgia where the little girl disappeared from the playground on the apt complex and the authorities assumed her parents had something to do with the disappearance and the other kids were removed from the home. It was later found out a custodian kidnapped, raped, and killed her from the playground. I think it only added trauma to an already traumatic situation. I agree you can't tell someone how to parent their child, but when it draws the line and the parent exploits their bad behavior I think they should be held accountable for it. Thanks for sharing your input!

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I don't think I would give my child the go go juice, nor do I think it's the right thing to do - but I guess no one can tell a mother how to parent their child so we'll just have to sit back and hope she wises up. Well written hub!