When It's Smart to Serve Fruit Juice to a Child

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Hi, I'm Doctor Altman. Many parents often ask me if fruit juice is a good option, after all, it's fruit, right? Actually your infant or toddler does not need juice. Although 100% fruit juice may contain some useful vitamins, it often ends up being extra sugar and calories that your child does not need.

Plus juice doesn't have the valuable fibre found in whole fruits. Even water down juice just gets your child in the habit of wanting sweet tasting beverages. It's best to stick with water and milk whenever possible, in fact, one of the best things you can do for your child's health is to get them used to drinking water and treat all sweet tasting drinks even pure fruit juice like you would a dessert and on special occasions let your toddler choose juice or another sweet treat such as cake.

You might be surprised at his choice. One exception to this recommendation is if your baby is constipating. In that case your pediatrician may recommend small amounts of prune, apple or pear juice along with a high fiber diet, to help get things moving. I'm Doctor Altman for more ways to boost your child's health, watch all our smart tips, right here.