Set Healthy Limits on Juice

Juice is high in sugar and calories; water and milk are always the best options for your children. In fact, if your child is under one year of age, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests completely removing juice from his or her diet.

Children ages 1-6 should have no more than 4-6 oz. of juice each day, according to pediatric guidelines.

Children ages 7 to 18 should drink no more than 8-12 oz.

(Many juice boxes are about 6 oz. in size, so younger children should have no more than one per day, and older children no more than two.)

Allowing your child to sip on juice throughout the day puts him or her at a higher risk for tooth decay because you are giving the cavity-causing bacteria more opportunities to eat and produce the acid that eats away at teeth. This can also happen with juice that is watered down.

We suggest having a variety of colorful, refillable water bottles or cups that your child can use only for drinking water. Other beverages should be in a plain cup.


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