Children under 1 should not drink juice, pediatricians say

Children under 1 should not drink juice, pediatricians say

Children under 1 should not drink juice, pediatricians say

"Historically, fruit juice was recommended by pediatricians as a source of vitamin C and as an extra source of water for healthy infants and young children", the new recommendation says.

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.

Children should not be given fruit juice before they are a year old unless it's advised by a doctor, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics released this week.

The academy is also recommending sharply limiting juice consumption by toddlers and older children in its new guidelines, as ABC News Chief Women's Health Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton explained today on "Good Morning America".

Under the new guidelines, babies under a year old shouldn't be offered any juice unless recommended by a doctor.

Another update to AAP's recommendations is that parents should not give children juice in bottles or sippy cups that make it easy to consume throughout the day, nor should they be given juice at bedtime.

This is just the latest blow for fruit juice manufacturers, who saw sales decline from 2008 to 2013, both due to competition from beverages like tea and water, and consumer concern about high sugar content.

"The practice of allowing children to carry a bottle, easily transportable covered cup, open cup, or box of juice around throughout the day leads to excessive exposure of the teeth to carbohydrate, which promotes the development of dental caries", the authors noted. Instead, it's recommended that the juice be consumed all at once in a cup. Children between the ages of one and three can have up to four ounces of juice a day.

Some studies have found an association between childhood obesity and drinking 12 or more ounces of fruit juice per day.

Instead, they should eat fresh fruit and vegetables, which will provide fiber and will not contribute as much to potential tooth decay and cavities as fruit juice. Because juice tastes good, children readily accept it. He did say, though, that kids could drink some fruit juice as a part of a healthy diet, but he added, "water and milk are preferable".

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