Fruit Juices in Baby Diet: Most of the major brands of infant nutrition offer fruit juices for babies from 4/6 months. Is it helpful to give to toddlers? We take stock.

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Fruit Juices in Baby Diet
Fruit Juices in Baby Diet

Is fruit juice good for babies?

No fruit juices before food diversification

From about 0 to 6 months, breast milk or infant formula is the primary source of hydration for babies. At this time of life, children need one liter of fluid per day. In addition to hydrating them, milk provides them with all the necessary nutrients. However, Dr. Laurence Plumey pointed out that in case of severe heat, fever or diarrhea, the water intake of the babies should be increased and, therefore, they should be given water (up to 500 ml) between milk bottles or The Of course, in case of fever and/or diarrhea, it is essential to consult a pediatrician. Note also that a baby who needs water will drink, unlike the elderly in whom the feeling of thirst can disappear.

However, at one time, as Laurence Plummer explains, it was customary to give a small fruit juice to infants, in addition to breastfeeding and early-age milk. The reason? It was thought that milk did not bring the babies all the vitamin C needed. It is now considered to be no longer legitimate. It is known that a child needs 40 to 50 mg of vitamin C per day. Vitamin C is well covered with 800 ml of milk, whether maternal or infant, per day. The fruit juice, therefore, has no legitimacy in terms of vitamin C. In addition to breastfeeding and first-year milk. Its vitamin C requirements are well covered. The fruit juice, therefore, has no legitimacy regarding vitamin C.

Fruit juices at the time of food diversification

It is between 4 months and six months that the babies will taste their first purées and compotes. This introduction of solid foods is accompanied by a drop in milk intake. We will go from 1 liter (or 800 ml) to 500 ml of breast milk or milk. However, the child still needs one liter of fluid per day, so it is important to offer 500 ml of natural water. Attention, it is essential to add nothing in the water. In fact, the child does not need to drink sugars, and by giving him water with added sugar at an early age, it is very likely that he will refuse any pure water. Moreover, for questions of overweight and dental problems.

Moreover, the fruit juice in it? We have seen previously that fruit juice is not “useful” compared to vitamin C. However, food diversification is synonymous with new tastes and textures. For Dr. Laurence Plumey, it is rather in this logic that one can give, from time to time, a little fruit juice to toddlers. However, in no case, fruit juice should and can not replace water, which is the drink reference infants. Fruit juices are classified as a fruit. They are, in fact, without added sugars and contain only the sugar of the fruit, unlike nectars and fruit drinks. Also, it is entirely possible to replace a compote or a ripe fruit crushed by a fruit juice. For a toddler of 6 months, one can count 100 ml of fruit juice.

After the age of one year, the juice of fruit will be placed in the category of alternative drinks. The child can drink one or two glasses a day. It must be said that, very often, children prefer juices to fruits. Fruit juice is the first source of vitamin C for toddlers.

Individual fruit juice or not?

As Dr. Laurence Plumey clearly points out, the small “salted” pots, which are manufactured under strict regulations (very low amounts of sugar, salt, etc.), have nothing to do with industrial dishes for adults, As much in the world of fruit juice, there is no legitimacy, neither on the nutritional level nor on the standard of bacteriological safety, to propose a fruit juice particular baby compared to a traditional fruit juice. In the end, parents have three possibilities: give a pressed fruit, a juice of 100% pure juice or an own fruit juice.

Fruit juices in Baby meals

To know when to give fruit juice to children, Dr. Plumey suggests three alternatives, keeping in mind that the idea is to vary the tastes and textures and that, as a result, the Fruit juices should not consistently replace fresh fruit and compotes.

Example for a child of 7 months:

Menu 1:
Morning: milk bottle
Fruit juice around 10h-11h
Midi: small dish + dairy
Taste: milk bottle
Dinner: small dish + compote

Menu 2:
Morning: milk bottle
Lunch: small plate + dairy + fruit juice
Taste: milk bottle
Dinner: small dish + compote (or fruit)

Menu 3:
Morning: milk bottle
Midi: small dish + ½ yogurt + compote or fruit
Taste: fruit juice + Swiss small
Dinner: milk bottle + mashed vegetables