By Agata M. Toborek, MD
Lexington Clinic Pediatrics

Fruit juice for babies has been recommended for years as a great source of vitamins and nutrients, but now experts are saying slow-down to parents.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended 100 percent fruit juice to babies as young as 6-months-old in the past, with limited daily amounts. However, a new study shows that parents should avoid giving juice to their children until they are at least 1-year-old, and then limited amounts after that.

The AAP says 100 percent fruit juice contains more sugar than fruit itself, as well as less fiber than actual fruit. The recent study also shows that fruit juice could cause dental decay in some children.

The new recommendations regarding fruit juice are:
  • No juice for infants before 1-year-old.
  • Limited daily juice intake after 1-year-old; 4 ounces for toddlers ages 1-3, 4-6 ounces for children ages 4-6 and 8 ounces for children ages 7 and up.
  • Children should be encouraged to eat real fruit in place of fruit juice.
There are certain, specific circumstances that would make it OK for children younger than 1-year-old to have fruit juice, but that recommendation would need to come from your child’s doctor.
For more information on when or if you should give your child juice, or you would like to seek care for your child, please call (859) 258-4362 or CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
Agata M. Toborek, MD is board-certified in pediatrics. She provides services in general pediatrics and her professional interests include caring for children from the time they are newborns until they become young adults.