Is it ok to give a four month old juice???
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Mandy - posted on 07/07/2010
I gave my daughter baby apple juice for the first time the other day and she is 5 1/2 months. I have researched and asked doctors and nurses. And I have come up with my own philosophy about this subject. It seems to work for me. as long as i keep it under 2 ounces a day (so she doesn't fill up on juice and not want to feed), as long as I dilute it with water (I find 1 part juice to 3 part water works good), I DO NOT give it to her after her 5pm bottle (only mid day), I DO NOT give it to her in a bottle or in the bed with her at night and I don't give it to her everyday. I find that especially now that at least in my area, that it is extremely hot, my daughter needs more then just her bottle to drink throughout the day. (Like who wants to drink something warm when its already warm outside, right?). I also give her plenty of water as well.
Myra - posted on 05/11/2010
It isn't recommended to give juice before 6 months for a variety of reasons. You may want to first get your child's doctors opinion if your child is ready based on other factors. Depending on your child's growth and other eating habits, their doctor may say go for it, or they may say wait another month or something to the effect of wait a little while.
If you do decide to give juice, go for one with no added sugar. All fruit juices have sugar from the fruit itself (that sugar is not refined sucrose or high fructose corn syrup, but it is naturally occurring fructose just like they get when they eat a piece of fruit), but many times sugar is also added, so just go for one that doesn't have any added...Juicy Juice is a national brand that doesn't add sugar, but most brands do have a no sugar added apple juice. Because not adding sugar is such a selling point, most brands make a point of putting "No Added Sugar" on the label. Stay away from "cocktails" and juices with artificial sweeteners like Splenda, and just because the label says "100% Juice" does not mean there is no added sugar...just that they didn't add flavors or water or some other ingredient. Just mix it 50/50 juice and water for a good while. For the first few days, you may even want to dilute it even more than that. Apples and apple juice can cause changes in your baby's bowel movements; particularly causing constipation. At this age, if you give juice, I would not recommend giving more than a 4oz bottle in the course of a day. If you notice your LO isn't taking an adequate amount of milk/formula once giving juice, discontinue giving juice for about 2 weeks to a month. The milk/formula does have far more to give nutritionally, so it is most important for them to have it.
Melissa - posted on 05/07/2010
Hi, my four month old had a bad cold and was very stuffy. I called her pediatrician who suggested that I give her some warmed diluted baby apple juice, about an ounce of juice to an ounce of water to help break up the mucus. I think you just have to be sure to dilute it and to make sure they don't fill up on juice rather than breast milk or formula because juice doesn't give them what they need for nutritional value.
Aurianna - posted on 01/05/2012
My pediatritian okayed white grape and apple juice at 4 months old. Give it a shot every baby is different. Although she said 4 months old, he's 5 months old now & I'm trying it today. You're the mom, you do what you feel is best. If you're AFRAID to, call your pedi or just don't do it :)
Amber - posted on 05/25/2010
My daughter is 4 months old and has been getting juice for about 5 weeks now. We give her no more than 2 oz juice mixed with 2 oz water each day, this helps to keep her bowel movements regular. We have had no problems with the juice but I have noticed that she chokes easier and it is more important to get a good burp afterward.
Stephanie - posted on 05/11/2010
@JESSIE THERE IS NO JUICE WITHOUT SUGAR!!!! ALL JUICE THAT COMES FROM FRUIT CONTAINS NATURAL SUGAR, WHICH IS STILL UNECESSARY FOR A FOUR MONTH OLD INFANT!!! JUST BECAUSE IT IS MARKETED READ *MARKETED* FOR 4 MONTHS PLUS DOES NOT MEAN IT'S OK. THERE ARE A LOT OF PRODUCTS OUT THERE MARKETED TO US THAT ARE VERY UNHEALTHY FOR US BUT ARE SOLD EVERY DAY UNFORTUNATELY! IF THIS JUICE HAS ZERO SUGAR THEN IT'S LIKELY NOT NATURAL AND I REALLY WOULDN'T BE GIVING THAT TO A BABY OR ANYONE WHO I CARE FOR FOR THAT MATTER!!
@Rebeca I'm not sure why you would want to give juice to a child under the age of 1 as it has no nutritional value if your baby is on breast milk you don't have to worry about thirst the foremilk is thin and fully satisfies baby's thirst, formula on the other hand is the same consistency and may not satisfy thirst so you can offer watert. But even with water you want to be careful about how much you offer as baby can fill up on that too and not receive enough necessary nutrients.
Leslie - posted on 05/11/2010
It's not the sugar that is the big deal, yes if given too much juice it could add to many of the causes of tooth decay. The reason why some doctors say not to give your baby juice is cause it has no nutrition. Your baby could be filling up on juice and not be filling up on the much needed formula/breastmilk to help develop. Yes, Jessie is right, YOU ARE THE MOTHER, so you get to decide to give him juice or not, but I was just giving you my opinion, as was everyone else. I would talk your doctor before you took anyone advice, because they know your baby and what is best. HONESTLY, My doctor told me that babies shouldn't drink juice at all, if they are thristy or it is hot out offer water. As it is the perfect way to hydrate the body. And watch out for juice with no sugar, it could have aspartime(sp?) which is not good for babies. AGAIN, this is just my opinion. I hope I helped. :)
JESSIE - posted on 05/11/2010
YOU CAN GET BABY JUICE! ITS FROM UR LOCAL SHOP, IT HAS ZERO SUGAR, REPEAT, ZERO SUGAR. IT IS FINE, IT IS RECOMMENCED FOR 4 PLUS MONTHS. DONT LISTEN TO THESE PEOPLE WHO TELL U NOT TO, UR THE MOTHER OF THE BABY, IF U FEEL ITS TIME, ITS TIME.
Brenda - posted on 05/09/2010
Juice is not going to hurt him...Not in big amounts..My four month old is doing okay but I only put a tiny bit and mix it in with his cereal. The cereal will bind then up so you mix just a bit enough to make it really easy for them to eat some apple juice in there and that will also help so they do not get constipated with the cereal..It is not going to hurt them within reason...
Anna - posted on 05/07/2010
Juice is fine, just as long as you aren't using it to satiate actual hunger. It has little to no nutritional value for a baby, and the high sugar content isn't good for them anyway. Dilute it half and half with water and feed just a few ounces. Your baby's primary form of nutrition should still come from formula or breast milk.
Heather - posted on 05/06/2010
I would only give baby apple or prune juice if they are constipated..otherwise there is no reason to give them juice. It's full of unnecessary sugar and can lead to childhood obesity. Give your baby water in between feedings if he/she needs hydrating. When you do begin juice, I would water it down and give him/her a juice that has reduced sugar.
Becky - posted on 05/06/2010
Depends on why you are giving it to the baby. If it is because is constipated than it is okay to give them a 4 oz bottle of it (2oz juice and 2oz water) but if you have no other reason besides just wanting to give it to them than no.. Juice does not give them the nutrients that they need and all it will do is full them up. Plus all the sugar is just not good for the baby.
Audra - posted on 05/05/2010
I give my 14 week old apple juice (half & half with water), usually no more the 4 oz a day. He has formula sensitivity (is on a mild formula for fussiness & gas), and tends to get constipated. Our pediatrician suggested it.
Katie - posted on 05/05/2010
Hi Rebeca, Its really not ok to feed a four month old any kind of juice. They would get too full and not drink milk and the sugar is not good for them. A new study just came out that said: Juice should be limited for all kids regardless what age they age. Hope this helps. Katie
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