Is it ok to give my 3 month old juice?
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Colleen - posted on 06/12/2010
The only reason I gave my 3 months old daughter juice was per doctors orders to loosen her stool since she was having a hard time pushing it out. Other than that I dont think they need it just yet. My daughter will be 6 months at the end of the month and I just started giving her water and cut out the juice. Now that she is eating solids her stool has loosened on its own and the juice is no longer needed!
Kimberly - posted on 05/30/2010
Not until 6 months old. But honestly, why would you want to give ur child juice? It has no nutritional value and will not do ur child any good. Unless theres a reason (which u have discussed with ur dr) you absolutely should not give ur child juice. 3 Months is definitely too early.
Sunny - posted on 05/30/2010
no, all they need at that age is milk, and after 6 months a little bit of water is ok. Iwould hold off on juice for a while because of the sugar content. If you're keen to give them juice, mix a little with some cool boiled water.
Sabrina - posted on 06/17/2010
My daughter had a big problem with constipation since she was around 2 1/2 months. My Pediatrician suggested I give her up to 4 ozs of diluted pear juice while she was experiencing constipation. The juice worked when nothing else had worked. I think the best thing to do would be to consult your Pediatrician. Different babies have different needs. I hope this helps ;)
Bonnie - posted on 06/17/2010
I was giving my son (born prematurely) it from about 3.5 months old until he learned to take his medicine on his own about 9 months. After he came home from the hospital at 4.5 months we gave it to him to help with his stooling as well as to wash away the taste of his vitamins. He only received about 1/2 ounce 1x a day. Then we stopped when he was about 9 months old. Juice really is a lot of empty sugared up calories. We want him to make good food and drink decisions, so we figured why bother. My 11 year old hardly has juice and soda.
Madilyn - posted on 06/14/2010
I started putting about an ounce of apple juice into my son's 10 oz sippy (so 1/10th juice) now at 13 months and he loves it. I did not even consider giving it to him earlier and I will always dilute it, I even prefer my juice at least 1/2 1/2 diluted. It is better for us all to drink it diluted over un-diluted anyways. I would say wait until at least one year old.
Jessica - posted on 06/12/2010
I started giving my 19 month old 1/3 juice 2/3 water around 3 or 4 months old...then I slowly moved it up...he didn't get juice without water until he was 12 months old...he is healthy...those asking "why give juice?"...well how would you like to have the same thing all the time?? babies are humans too...and get tired of the same thing...juice isnt going to hurt them!!
Elysia - posted on 06/12/2010
they say 6months before introducing juice. i used to buy the golden circle or heinz baby juice that was already diluted. now that he is over 1 i mix my own for him at half and half quantities. They dont really need to have juice water inbetween is fine and if its hot doctors and nurses usually recommend some boiled water throughout the day. i still only allow my son to have juice with a meal the rest of the time he just has water
Brittany - posted on 06/12/2010
I had to give Emma (3 months old) a half ounce of watered down prune juice the other day to help with her constipation and I still feel bad about having to resort to that. I definitelyyy would not give a baby so young juice just for the heck of it. All they need right now is breast milk or formula.
Molissa - posted on 06/12/2010
you should wait not only because of seizures, but it can make them much heavier because of all the sugar in the juice. Plus it can put them at risk of diabetes at such a young age. You really can only give them milk at this age. Not even water. You can drown them if you do water. Please listen to your doc.
Tiffany - posted on 06/11/2010
to the person who said "yes. limit it to 4oz per day. ped recommended"
Your "Ped" was talking about for kids over the age of ONE. Not infants. A pediatrician would NEVER encourage or recommend this. (unless it was a bit of prune or pear juice to rid your child of constipation)
Amanda - posted on 06/11/2010
my son is 20 months old and he won't hardly drink juice at all even if I water it down..he doesn't like sweets nor sugar that well!!! Avoid pear juice when you 1st introduce your lil one since it can cause bad diahreaa...found that out when my lil man kept having bad diapers after another....I gave him juice when he was about 7 months old and he was fine and then got to where he wouldn't drink it anymore and asked his ped about it and he said that it was nothing to worry about since kids and babies are different
Sara - posted on 06/11/2010
Your baby doesn't need anything other than breastmilk or formula for the first 6 months. Their digestive systems really don't mature until then. Not to mention juice does not have much nutritional value, nor fiber. There's reason or benefit for it.
Marlene - posted on 06/11/2010
wouldn't do it unless you have an really skinny baby and you are trying to plump them up. mine even eats chill powder as they don't know better. only give them what you need to I say. and sometimes there is some reason to give them fruit juice. if no reason, stay away!!!!
Melissa - posted on 06/10/2010
I would also recommend holding off on juice unless your doctor advices it for some medical reason. My son is almost 21 months old and has never had anything other than milk or water to drink. I would much rather he get his calories from whole fruit rather than juice.
Doreen - posted on 06/10/2010
The acid in juice promotes tooth enamel breakdown, which is a breeding ground for cavities. Dentists apply sealants to teeth to protect them from cavities, but it is difficult to do on a baby that will not sit still. For that reason, no juice at least until age 2. Even if your baby doesn't have teeth yet, imagine having to take juice away when teeth come in?
Michelle - posted on 06/09/2010
Our little'un is 6 months and I won't be giving him juice for quite some time.
He just doesn't need it. If he's too hot (and my milk isn't quenching his thirst) I've given a very small amount of water - but he doesn't generally get even water as it would reduce the amount of milk he'd take, and so the amount of nutrients he'd get.
Juice is too full of even natural sugars and can't do any good at that age. It's not like we'd feed them a bowl of fruit all at once...
Connie - posted on 06/08/2010
It is not juice that can give them seizures it is the water and as for waiting on the juice, the reason for that is they think it causes obesity. I have given all three of my kids juice at around 3 months and the first two are adults and far from obese. You do what you think is right for your child. It is refreshing for them to get a drink of something other than milk/formula/BM when it is hot out.
Kelly - posted on 06/08/2010
Our pediatrician said to stay away from juice as long as possible, as the most nutritous part of the fruit is left out and there is lots of sugar added. Instead, give them actual fruit, either in pieces or blended up into a smoothie (with added water if needed for younger babies). My 19 month old has never had juice, she gets milk and water only, with the occasional smoothie, but eats lots of fruit everyday
Lisa - posted on 06/05/2010
I know you can give you son water and if your a breastfeeder they say you really dont have to give him water they get all the nutrients from the breast milk but juice its too soon I have a 3 month old and I was getting ready to do it like let her taste it and her doctor said the same thing you have to wait til the baby is like 6 months old
Kim - posted on 06/05/2010
why do parents give a child television to watch, why give juice, why give snacks, why give anything- silly questions- you as the parent can decide what is right for a child. My child loves juice at 3 years old. I'm ok with that- cause he never drinks pop as some do. Brush teeth and they are fine
Virginia - posted on 06/04/2010
There's no reason to give juice, it's just empty calories. Water is fine for constipation around 4 months. There's no sense in starting a sweet tooth so young. My son is 2 and he still rarely has juice-- he loves ice water and it's much healthier.
Allie - posted on 05/30/2010
When my son was 3 weeks old he was constipated and the doctor said i could give him an ounce of baby pear juice. When he was a month old i started giving him baby apple juice and now he is almost 3 months old and i give him baby apple prune juice, but i water all his juice down. i have told his doctor that i give him juice and they havent said anything so i havent stopped.
Jenee - posted on 05/30/2010
No The AAP suggests to start juice ( if you choose to ) a around 6 months. We didn't introduce juice till my son was 18 months old. Juice is full of sugar and calories that baby really doesn't need. Your baby also doesn't have the enzymes to digest fruit juice.It can upset your babies stomach if you introduce it too early.
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