How many servings of 100% juice are appropriate for children under 4?

There are many different theories on how much juice a child should be drinking. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, children age 0-6 months should not consume any juice (unless to relieve constipation). Kids age 6 months- 6 years should drink 4-6 ounces per day and children that are 7 years or older should consume 8-12 ounces per day.

When selecting juice I encourage parents to begin closely reading labels. Make sure to choose products that say “100% fruit juice” and try to limit products saying “punch” and “fruit beverage” or “fruit cocktail”. I encourage that you check the ingredients label as well and avoid selecting products that contain high fructose corn syrup. Serve 100% fruit juice as an alternative to soda or other sugary beverages. Be sure that your child is not consistently filling up on the juice, so serve it about a half hour before mealtimes. Try to keep your child to the above serving limits and if he or she consistently goes over, you may want to dilute the juice with water. Another alternative is to choose a juice that is already reduced in sugar. Old Orchard’s Healthy Balance products contain a fraction of the calories of regular juice and do not contain added sugars. In addition to plenty of water, milk, and 100% fruit juice, these low sugar juices can be a nice change for your child. They also mix well with fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt, ice for a refreshing and healthy smoothie.

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