Juices and Their Effects on Your Baby

Which is more important: Milk or Juice? And what is the adequate quantity that I should give to my child? What are the effects of too much juice on my child?

According to pediatrics’ academy, too much juice can be responsible of obesity, dental cavities, diarrhea and sometimes gastrointestinal problems.

What are the precautions that you should take when administering juice to your child?

-    Babies under 6 months should not be given juice; just milk.
-    Babies between 6 and 12 months should be given small amounts of juices up to 100ml and in a cup not in the bottle.
-    Toddlers and children up to 6 years can drink up to 200ml per day only.
-    Soft drinks are to be prohibited for kids. Those beverages are high in sugar and caffeine that your child doesn’t need at all. In addition, they can be responsible of tooth decay and kids may replace their calcium intake with them.
-    Try to administer fresh homemade juices.
-    Instead of juices, offer your child fresh fruits.
-    You have to check your child’s weight if he is exceeding the intake limit. Juices may lead to obesity. If your child does not suffer from tooth cavities and does not have overweight problems you do not have to worry unless he is not having a balanced diet.
-    Juices should not replace the milk intake. Your child should drink around 2 to 3 cups of milk per day.

Water and milk are the best beverages for your child. Let him drink them as much as possible. Water will hydrate your child’s body and milk will provide the recommended daily dose of Calcium and calories that his body needs to grow.