The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against all fruit juice prior to 6 months of age. After 6 months of age, parents need to understand that fruit juice really has no nutritional value for their child. We should consider it closer to a dessert, because fruit juice — even 100 percent fruit juice — is full of sugar.
In the case of 100 percent fruit juice, there is natural sugar, but sugar nevertheless. This sugar coats the teeth and puts the child at increased risk of cavities.
Offer whole fruits instead
Serve juice responsibly
If you’re going to serve juice, try limiting it to 4 ounces a day. As soon as possible after drinking juice, brush your child’s teeth.
When juice is never okay
There are a few absolute NOs when it comes to juice ingestion. First, never put juice in a bottle, because it dramatically increases your child’s risk of cavities. Secondly, don’t treat diarrhea with juice. It’ll make the problem even worse.
So when it comes to your pediatrician, we prefer your children eat their fruits instead of drinking them.