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No Fruit Juice for Kids Younger Than 1

Lucy Magana, Contributor

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Children should not be given fruit juice before they are 1 year old unless it’s advised by a doctor.

The American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to wait to offer juice until a child reached 6 months old but decided to make the change based on rising rates of obesity and concerns about tooth cavities.

Doctors said they couldn’t really see any reason why juice was still part of the potential recommendation for 6- to 12-month-old kids. They recommended breastfeeding or formula in that age group, and there really isn’t any need or beneficial role for juice, so they kind of made that adjustment.

The problem is, parents will stick a bottle or sippy cup in the kid’s mouth and kind of leave it there all day. That’s not good from the calorie-intake perspective, and it’s sure not good for the teeth. What happens is, the kid then gets used to all the sugar, and then they won’t drink water.

Despite this important caveat, the academy is standing by juice. The new guidelines state that 100% fresh or reconstituted fruit juice can be a healthy part of a well-balanced diet for children older than 1.

It is advised that parents to limit juice to 4 ounces daily for toddlers between 1 and 3 years old. Juice should be provided in a cup, not a bottle or a box, both of which make it easy to drink juice all day.

For children between 4 and 6, fruit juice should be restricted to 4 to 6 ounces daily. Children between 7 and 18 years old should have no more than 8 ounces (or 1 cup) of juice a day, making up one of the recommended daily 2 to 2½ cups of fruit.

It is strongly discouraging unpasteurized juice products and says grapefruit juice should not be served to children taking certain medications like; ibuprofen, flurbiprofen, warfarin, phenytoin, fluvastatin and amitriptyline because it interferes with their effects.

Source:

http://www.newschannel5.com/news/national/no-fruit-juice-for-kids-under-1-pediatricians-advise

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