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Fruit Juices for Baby
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Filling your baby’s bottle with fruit juice may not be the healthiest for your child.

Dr. Daniel Schiavone, M.D., pediatrician at Winchester Medical Center, Virginia, says, “Fruit juices and other sugary drinks children consume in their bottles are contributing to higher rates of childhood obesity. Some orange juices have 27 grams of sugar per serving while grape juices have 35 grams—numbers nearly identical to many soft drinks.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, consuming excessive amounts of sugary fruit drinks can also cause tooth decay, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal problems.

Dr. Schiavone recommends choosing water for your baby. He says, “This beverage can be offered several times throughout the day and will have only positive effects on your child’s health.

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Reprinted with persmission from Signs of the Times, November 2006. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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