Dr. Patricia Braun, AAP Spokesperson, explains the Academy’s new guidelines on fruit juice, “Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Current Recommendations,” offering parents tips on how much juice is too much for children. Too much juice can cause obesity and tooth decay.
One of the most common questions parents ask pediatricians is how much 100% fruit juice they should give their children. A new AAP policy recommends some children should be consuming less juice than previously advised.
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. Since then, however, considerable concern has been expressed about increasing obesity rates and risks for dental caries.
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