ALERT: Authorities Urging Parents NOT To Feed Children Under 1 This After New Danger Is Discovered

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Parents may be unknowingly giving their young children too much fruit juice, as an influential group of doctors now say kids under 1 should not be given any at all. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced on Monday new guidelines to address one of the most commonly asked questions among parents.

“An AAP policy statement published in 2001 and reaffirmed in 2006 recommended no juice for children younger than 6 months of age, 4-6 ounces daily for children ages 1-6 years and 8-12 ounces for children 7 and older,” the AAP said in a statement on its website. “Since then, however, considerable concern has been expressed about increasing obesity rates and risks for dental caries.”

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Fox News reports that the new policy, which was detailed in Fruit Juice in Infants, Children and Adolescents: Current Recommendations, indicates that 100 percent fruit juice should not be provided to children younger than 1 unless there is a medical reason for it “in the management of constipation.”

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For children ages 1-3, the AAP recommends a maximum daily intake of 4 ounces. Children ages 3-6 should receive no more than 4-6 ounces of fruit juice daily, while those 7 and older should receive a maximum of 8 ounces.

“Families of small children with dental caries should have a discussion with their pediatrician about the child’s fruit juice intake and its possible contribution to the caries,” the AAP wrote.

The group said that while a correlation between fruit juice and childhood obesity remains uncertain, it recommends eliminating 100 percent fruit juice from the diets of children with excessive weight gain, but not from the diets of all children.

“The policy clarifies that there is virtually no role for juice during the first year of life and that expensive juice products designed specifically for infants are not of value,” the AAP wrote.

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Recommendations

  • Juice should not be introduced to infants before 1 year unless clinically indicated. Daily intake should be limited to 4 ounces in toddlers ages 1-3 years, 4-6 ounces for those 4-6 years. For those 7-18 years, limit juice intake to 8 ounces or 1 cup of the recommended 2-2½ cups of fruit servings/day.
  • Toddlers should not be given juice from bottles or easily transportable covered cups that make it easy to consume throughout the day, nor should they be given juice at bedtime.
  • Children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits and educated on the benefit of fiber intake.
  • Families should be educated that human milk and/or infant formula is sufficient to satisfy fluid requirements for infants, and low-fat/nonfat milk and water are sufficient for older children.
  • Consumption of unpasteurized juice products should be strongly discouraged.
  • Grapefruit juice should be avoided in those taking certain medications (see policy).
  • When evaluating children with malnutrition — as well as chronic diarrhea, excessive flatulence, abdominal pain and bloating — pediatricians should determine the amount of juice being consumed.
  • In evaluating risk for dental caries, discuss the relationship between fruit juice and dental decay, and inquire about the amount and means of juice consumption.
  • Routinely discuss the use of fruit juice vs. fruit drinks, and educate older children and parents about the differences.

Interesting as well as important information for you parents out there. 

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