14.11.2013

Giving a baby juice

The AAP recommends using fruit juice sparingly for infants (Misuse of Fruit Juice) “It is prudent to give juice only to infants who can drink from a cup (approximately 6 months or older).
Dental caries (problems with baby teeth and growing permenant teeth) have been associated with juice consumption. Making homemade juice is not recommended for infants as you are unable to pasteurize the juice and thus it’s possible that some bacteria or other unsavory items may get into the juice. Your baby does not require any supplemental fluids such as water or juice for quite some time. The Vitamin C in fresh fruits has greater bioavailability than the Vitamin C that is added to fortified juices. Knowing the right time to start giving juice to your baby is important because you do not want to start too early or too late. Fresh juice ensures that your baby is getting all of the nutrients that he or she needs to grow and thrive. Freshly squeezed apple juice is one of the best options for babies because they like the sweet taste of apples and tend to easily accept it. Fresh juices are a great option when it comes to helping your baby to get all of the nutrients that he or she needs. A new mom asked me if she could start giving her 6 month old baby apple juice and other vegetable juices. Water is not necessary for an exclusively breastfed baby as breast milk contains even water required to keep the baby well hydrated.
In the 6th month , you can start off with diluted vegetable and fruit juices in addition to breast milk or formula.
Diluted juices helps in easier digestion and the baby’s body easily accepts diluted juices thereby helping in the absorption of iron from the food provided. Raw juices could be introduced once baby is used to the juice intake without any allergies or rashes.
High intakes of juice can contribute to diarrhea, over nutrition or under nutrition and development of dental caries. Awaiting the recipes for pear juice and puree and chickoo, I couldn’t find it for Apple puree as well. Hi Geetha , you can give home made juices of pomegranate, musambi, grapes, orange , water melon, pineapple anything you feel like.


You see, teeth begin to erupt at approximately 6 months of age and prolonged exposure of the teeth to the sugars in juice is a major contributing factor to dental caries. Possible bacterial contamination in fresh fruits is just one of the reasons that many pediatricians recommend cooking fruits until a baby is about 8 months old.
These outbreaks were traced to juices made at companies where the equipment and or ingredients were contaminated. Once your baby has turned 6-8 months old, with your pediatrician’s consult, you may then begin to offer very small amounts of water. Give your baby fresh fruits to help meet Vitamin C requirements; juices should never be considered an appropriate source of or a supplement for, fresh Vitamin C.
It is also important to know the best juices to start with and when and how to increase the types of juice that your baby is getting. Juicing is also easy and since your baby can drink it from a sippy cup, this makes it easy for your baby to get his or her servings of produce in each day. When you first introduce fresh juices, you want to keep it to a maximum of four ounces per day. Once your baby is around nine months old, you can start to mix two different juices together. Just make sure that you start with the right types of fruits and vegetables so that your baby easily accepts the juices that you provide. But formula fed babies could be given boiled cooled water as the residue of formula could be there in the baby’s mouth. Deseed and steam them for about 5-6 minutes  Puree in a blender and sieve to get the clear apple juice. Fruits like watermelon, musk melon and vegetables like carrots, beetroots can also be juiced. Infants should not be put to bed with a bottle in their mouth. Never allow your baby or toddler to drink from a sippy cup of juice throughout the day. Usually i take cerlac or some juice bcos thats easy to cook…can you tell me some juiices or food that would stay longer without problem thanks! Pasteurization of fruit juices helps to eliminate bacterial concentrations that may cause food poisoning. For juices that contain berries, grapes and leafy greens, be sure they have been double or triple rinsed.


This is important because you are also introducing solid foods at this time and you do not want the juice to fill your child up, leaving them unable to also eat their solid food.
It is best to start with a mixture of fresh apple and carrot juice because most babies tend to like this mixture of flavors. When you do start to introduce juices, it is ideal to start with a single fresh juice instead of combinations so that your baby’s body can gradually get used to the new juices.
You want to avoid citrus juices in the beginning because the acidity may not agree with your baby until they get used to other juices and foods first.
Start with half an ounce of each juice and mix them together well before giving them to your baby. Just make sure to keep fresh juices to one ounce per serving so that your child is also eating plenty of solid foods that are age appropriate. This post could be an answer to all your queries related to introduction of juices to 6 months+ baby. I love juices of KDD harvest and I usually buy apple juice for my husband and my elder one.. If you notice that your child really likes a specific fruit or vegetable whole, you can also juice this so that they have more options when it comes to getting it in their diet. The same practices apply to serving any fresh fruit or vegetable to your daughter, juiced or not”.
Mix 1 part of juice with 10 parts of water that is boiled and cooled.Do not let fruit juices replace meals.
Also, never allow your baby or toddler to drink from a sippy cup of juice throughout the day. Avoid giving squashes to your baby as the sugar content is very high in them.Ensure that the juice is quickly served after you prepare it. Some of the preferred combinations are carrot and tomato, apple and carrot etc.Be careful if your baby shows signs of allergic reactions to any particular fruit or vegetable.



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