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Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for how much juice babies and kids should drink. It's a little confusing. Is it referring to 100% juice or all juice? Are there alternatives?
Although there are new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics pertaining to juice intake for children under the age of one, there are certain conditions and situations where our pediatrician still advises us to give our 10-month-old twins diluted juice in small quantities. He knows their physical and medical needs on an individual basis and we are doing what he recommends. - W. L. in Pasadena, CA

FROM JODIE:

It appears that the new guidelines, updated May 22, 2017, cover any and all juice. I actually asked and received an email that stated that 100% juice was very much indeed included and that fruit juice cocktails should also not be served to children under the age of one. The reason behind the recommendation is that among other things, juice can lead to tooth decay, allergies, and weight gain. The APA recommends:

No juice before age 1
For toddlers ages 1-3, up to half a cup per day (4 oz)
For children ages 4-6, up to three-quarters cup per day (6 oz)
For children and teens ages 7-18, up to 1 cup per day (8 oz)
Do not put juice in a sippy cup or bottle that the child carries around
Offer your child whole fruit, which has both the vitamins and fiber that children need.

The alternatives are none for babies before the age of one. They get nutrients from breast milk or baby formulas that have been approved by their pediatrician. After your baby's one-year birthday, fresh fruits can be pureed or mashed and given in small amounts. See http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/139/6/e20170967 to read the current regulation from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Of course, there are sometimes exceptions to rules in certain circumstances like the parent above who has been specifically instructed by the family pediatrician. As usual, talk with your own children's doctor about any concerns to be safe and to keep your individual children healthy.

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