In an effort to combat childhood obesity and tooth decay, the nation’s leading pediatricians are recommending not giving juice to babies.
The new guidelines come from the American Academy of Pediatrics and challenge long-standing traditions of putting baby juice in sippy-cups.
The AAP previously said fruit juice was appropriate for babies after six months, but has since found that juice serves “virtually no role” during a child’s first year of life, the authors wrote in new guidelines published in the journal Pediatrics. Doctors said babies younger than six months should only drink breastmilk or infant formula as their primary source of nutrition.
For toddlers between the ages of 1 and 3, doctors recommend no more than 4 ounces of 100% juice per day. The doctors strongly advise that juice not be used to calm older toddlers or given to them throughout the day. A maximum of 6 ounces of juice is recommended for children between 4 and 6 years old, and 8 ounces for children age 7 and older.