That's why "the American Academy of Pediatrics had advised parents to avoid 100 percent fruit juice for babies younger than 6 months", as Catherine Saint Louis writes in the New York Times. Previously, the group said infants could start at six months, but the AAP changed their recommendations out of concern for rising obesity rates and tooth decay.
No juice for you baby. "One hundred per cent fruit juice should be offered only on special occasions, especially for kids who are at high risk of tooth decay", she said. Fresh fruits offer fiber, fewer calories, and less sugar. The sugar in the drinks are problematic for health, whether it comes naturally from fruit or processed from cane or corn.
The AAP recommends instead that daily fruit juice consumption for children up to six years of age be limited to around four to six ounces (113-170g).
Sylvia Dwork's one year old, Brooklyn, only drinks water and milk.
Dr. Steven A. Abrams, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, and co-author of the policy statement, said there was nothing "magical" about the academy's revised recommendation. Juice is also known to give kids diarrhea and gas. "We recommend breastfeeding or formula in that age group, and there really isn't any need or beneficial role for juice, so we kind of made that adjustment". There might be an association or link between childhood obesity and drinking a lot of fruit juice, but more research is needed to confirm any such association or possible link. When kids carry around sippy cups with juice - or worse, take it to bed with them in a bottle - their teeth are continuously exposed to carbohydrates.
"I would typically have a kiddo that has three-quarter juice and then just a quarter of water, do that for a couple of weeks", Bergert said.
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Limit juice intake to 4 ounces per day. Pediatricians also advise parents not to give juice at bedtime.
According to Crim, it's important for children to learn healthy eating habits from an early age - which includes developing a taste for whole fruits and vegetables rather than juice.
Serve juice in a cup, not a bottle.
Under six years old: While you may not have limits, you're going to need to set some parameters, the guidelines warn. "But it is one simple step that makes sense". "Making sure that they do still drink plenty of water". The new guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics were published on May 22 in Pediatrics.