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Where We Stand: Fruit Juice

​The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that fruit juice routinely not be given to infants under twelve months of age since it offers no nutritional benefit to babies in this age group. After twelve months of age, infants may have limited amounts of juice each day.

  • Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefits over whole fruit. Whole fruits also provide fiber and other nutrients. Infants should not be given fruit juice at bedtime, nor as a treatment of dehydration or management of diarrhea.

  • For children ages one to three years old: Limit fruit juice consumption to no more than 4 ounces each day.

  • For children ages four to six years of age: Limit fruit juice consumption to 4 to 6 ounces each day.

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Adapted from Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 6th Edition (Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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