No Juice for Babies

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Patient Care | 0 comments

No Juice for Babies

New Guidelines Say Children Under One Year Old Should Not Be Given Fruit Juice.

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is “advising parents to stop giving fruit juice to children in the first year of life, saying the drink is not as healthful as many parents think.”

The AAP has “toughened its stance against juice, recommending that the drink be banned entirely from a baby’s diet during the first year.” Meanwhile, “The new report, published online in Pediatrics, also advised restricting fruit juice to four ounces daily for 1- to 3-year-olds, and six ounces a day for 4- to 6-year-olds.”

The NPR “Shots” blog reports Steven Abrams, an author of the guidelines, says, “We want to reinforce that the most recent evidence supports that fruit juice should be a limited part of the diet of children.” Also covering the story are CNN and MedPage Today.

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