Nutrition Tips for Kids

Water. Juice. Milk?

Your child can have a combination of milk, juice and water, however they should try to have a limit of 4-6 ounces of 100% Juice per day. When a child asks for juice, give them a juice-water mix. Combine 2oz of 100% juice with 4oz of water, and put it in a colorful or decorative cup. Your child will not know the difference and will get to have two 6oz cups in a day this way. At night time, try to give them a bit of water, instead of juice or milk, unless their pediatrician recommends otherwise. This will help enforce good teeth, with brushing and no sugar in the evening.

Calcium is found in milk, and is a vital nutrient for bones and teeth. However, too much calcium can lead to problems with constipation and iron absorption. See guidelines and consult your Pediatrician for calcium recommendations. Provide milk as one part of the daily drink menu for your kids by providing a variety of options throughout the day. Water, Milk, Juice.

Pop? Soda? No way.

Avoid soda for your child as there is little or no nutritional value. Offer water or milk instead. Sugary drinks like soda and juice can also lead to tooth decay. There are also usually many unhealthy chemicals to add coloring or flavor that don't help a youngster to grow. In fact, consider removing soda from your own diet and your child will be less exposed to it as an option in your home.

Start young

A child will not know the difference in a water/juice drink, if you start them on the right path at the right time. Talk to your pediatrician for ages that cow's milk, juice and other items are acceptable.

If your child keeps asking for juice?

Offer water or milk instead. Too much sugary drink can spoil their appetite, depriving them of nutrients they may eat at meal time.

Note that when you're selecting juice, be sure to get the one that says 100% juice, otherwise you're likely getting something sweetened artificially, and is likely to be less nutritious.

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Note: The information here is meant to encourage you to make good choices, when those choices align with your pediatrician's recommendations. Third party links are not affiliated and have not been verified for accuracy, please consult your doctor or pediatrician with any questions you have.