How old should a child be before you can give them juice??

Brittany - posted on 08/13/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My mother gave my 2 1/2 month old some apple juice because she was constipated and it helped but i was wondering if its ok to give it to her more since she loved it so much. The juice was in the baby food department.

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Carisa - posted on 08/14/2010

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You really want to stick to breast milk/formula until they are four months..then give rice cereal followed by fruits and veggies at six months. If she starts drinking the juice, she may decrease the amount of breast milk/formula that she is drinking and will not get enough nutrients. (I'm not sure there is a difference between the juice in the baby food department and 100% juice in the grocery department)

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My son is under the care of a GI specialiest who said give him straight apple juice...not the stuff from the baby section, and not watered down. If you feed your child apple sauce its the samething. He has been drinking juice since about 3 months once a day 2-4 oz warmed. My girls also drank juice watered down, but not untill they were about 5 months old. So I dont see a problem with it if she is handling it! Also I would only do it if she has bowel issues, or 2 oz once a day to regulate them. But def. ask your ped first for a guide line.

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Is fruit juice dangerous? The American Academy of Pediatrics thought that it was enough of a danger to issue a policy statement about 'The Use and Misuse of Fruit Juice in Pediatrics'.

In reality, there are a lot of other more important dangers to your child's health, but drinking too much fruit juice can be a problem. According to the AAP, drinking too much juice can contribute to obesity, the development of cavities (dental caries), diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems, such as excessive gas, bloating and abdominal pain.

Among the recommendations of the AAP report, which are actually daily limits of how much fruit juice kids should drink, and not an actual recommendation to drink juice, are that:

* when you give your child juice, it should be 100% pasteurized fruit juice and not fruit drinks.
* infants under 6 months of age should not be given juice, although many Pediatricians do recommend small amounts of juice for children that are constipated
* infants between 6 and 12 months can drink up to 4 to 6 ounces of juice a day, but should do it only in a cup, not a bottle
* younger children aged 1 to 6 years should have only 4 to 6 ounces of juice a day
* older children should be limited to 8 to 12 ounces of juice a day
* instead of juice, children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits

Pigwranglerffa1 - posted on 06/27/2011

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It is fine to give them apple or prune juice starting at 2 months. I started giving my baby about 1-2 oz of juice a day at that age to help with constipation. You don't want ot give them too much because of the sugar. Instead of getting the Gerber brand I get the Wal-Mart 100% no sugar added Juice. If you look at the ingredients on the back of both bottles they are exactly the same and the Wal-Mart is cheaper for more juice. My little girl is now 7 months and she gets about 4-6 oz of apple juice a day to prevent constipation since she is on formula and the iron is the number one thing that causes constipation. Hope this helps! :)

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I would give my son juice when he was that age but usually only a couple of ounces once a day. It help keep him regular and didn't hurt him other wise.

Chancey - posted on 08/17/2010

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My girls were 18mos before they got their first taste of juice. It's loaded with sugar(even the 100% juice) and can fill their little tummies not leaving enough room for all the nutrients they need in breastmilk/formula

Cheryl - posted on 08/16/2010

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my son was 12 months old before his doctor recommended giving him juice..when I do (and did) I put 3/4 water and 1/4 juice. Too much sugar in juice makes over wight babies according to my sons pedi and his doctors at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital..they haven't lied to me yet.

Jessica - posted on 08/15/2010

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when my daughter was 2mths i had to give her apple juice for constipation, but i wouldnt give it to her on a regular basis.. they arent supposed to have juice until 6 mths.

Kim - posted on 08/14/2010

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I'll put a little juice in my daughters formula, and it really helps her to "go"...she's perfectly fine....I think one of the main reasons that they dont get juice regularly is that their little bellies will get full, without the nutrients that is in formula....

Megan - posted on 08/14/2010

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My daughter is 2 and she only gets watered down juice maybe once or twice a month and it is cranberry juice at that. She always drinks water and even will fill her own cup with the water cooler.
When she got constipated once we gave her baby food prunes. However, at 2.5 months I am sure it is okay to use the apple juice for the constipation I would not start giving it to her on a regular or semi-regular basis.

Judy - posted on 08/13/2010

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I'm with Jane, unless you are using it medicinally to help with constipation, she does not need it as a drink. When she is older she will ask for it enough, I wouldn't be giving it to her this young. From 4 months, if she needs some extra fluid (ie. if you live in a really hot climate like me) then some boiled water in a bottle is great, but juice is just teaching her to like sweet sugary foods.

Candi - posted on 08/13/2010

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I agree with the others. When my kids were babies, the doc said I could give them juice, but cut it in half with water. So I would fix a 4oz bottle. 2oz of juice and 2oz of really cold water. My kids loved it. My son's favorite was cherry-prune juice. As gross as that sounds, he absolutely loved it Have to admit, he never had a problem with his bowels lol.

Devin - posted on 08/13/2010

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5-6 months but as a new born my daughter was constipated so her pediatrician said we could give her juice diluted with water

Joan - posted on 08/13/2010

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i would give her juice if you want to but cut the juice with water so it is not as acidic and will have less sugar.

Jane - posted on 08/13/2010

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i wouldn't. it's just sugar and a lot of times it can cause diaper rash as well. they only need breastmilk or formula when they are this tiny. their kidneys also can't process too much more than milk. i stayed away from it until 12 months and even then, i only give it in tiny amounts diluted if my oldest asks for it, she's 3 yrs old. it has no nutritional value, just like soda.

Alexis - posted on 08/13/2010

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hey if she took it ok then go ahead thats what the doc. told me with both my girls ihad them on juice and cereal bottle at 1 month asked the doc. first and he said try it if they are okay with it (dont get screaming diaria or throw up) then by all means go for it

Lupita - posted on 08/13/2010

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Ummm i wouldn't start introducing her to juice just yet i would say when she is about 5 to 6 months old would be good even 4 months old is good...I would say ask your daughters pediatrician just to be on the safe side

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