Is Apple Juice Safe For Babies?

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For the first six months, your baby only needs breast milk or formula milk as the main source of nutrition. After six months, you can introduce diluted fruit juices and vegetable juices to their diet. One of the most popular fruit juice options is Apple Juice. But, is apple juice safe for babies?

We know that apple juice contains vitamin C, but it provides no nutritional benefit for babies under 6 months. Babies over 6 months can have a limited amount of apple juice. But keep in mind to assess the nutritional needs and growth of your baby before you offer her apple juice.

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Reasons Why Apple Juice Might Not be a Good Idea for Your Baby

Whether apple juice is “unsafe” for your child is still debatable as there are contradicting views on this question. However, introducing juices, including apple juice, might not really be a great idea for your babies. There are some reasons why:

1. Babies Below Six Months Do Not Need Juice

Infants younger than six months should ideally be on a breastfeed or infant formula diet. All the nutrition the child requires can be obtained from either of these two sources. So, nutritionally, there is no need to give apple juice to your child. The only exception to this rule is if your child is constipated, it is alright to give him/her a small amount of prune juice to help with bowel movement.

[Read: Prune Juice For Constipation In Toddlers]

2. Babies Having Apple Juice Have Less Breast Milk

It is not just about what they are taking in, it is also about what they are not taking in. If you give your baby apple juice, he will take in less breast milk than usual because he is full. This is not advisable because breast milk is the most important source of nutrients and energy at this age. And anything that interferes with breastfeeding should be avoided.

3. Babies Having too Much Juice are at a Risk of Tooth Decay

Babies Having too Much Juice are at a Risk of Tooth Decay

There is a high concentration of sugar in juices, especially store-bought ones. And if your baby is having apple juice from his bottle, then the chances of the sugar lingering in his mouth, thereby causing tooth decay is very high. Make sure not to introduce juice to the baby until the baby is able to use a sippy cup or a normal glass. To know easy useful ways to prevent baby bottle tooth decay click here.

4. Babies Introduced With Juice Early on Have a Higher Risk of Diabetes

Research has indicated that the high sugar content, juices increase the probability of diabetes later in life.

5. Babies on a Juice Diet are at a Risk of Being Obese

Research also indicates that children who drink as low as 300 ml of juice daily are 60 percent more likely to be obese later on. Even in babies, juices can lead to excessive weight gain and diaper rash.

6. Babies are More Prone to Diarrhea

Babies who drink a lot of juices, especially apple juices are known to have loose bowel movements and diarrhea.

7. Juices are Known to Have Unsafe Content

Many parents reach out for store-bought canned juices for their kids. Now a few years ago such juices came in the light of controversy when a popular medical TV host claimed that canned juices contain high levels of arsenic. Most government-funded administrations came forward to rubbish this claim. They claim the arsenic found in canned juices is “within permissible levels” and “harmless and inorganic in nature”.

However, later studies indicated that the original claim was indeed true and the arsenic found in some juices is carcinogenic in nature. The verdict is still out on this one, but we think this is a good enough reason to stay away from store-bought juices (not to mention their high sugar content).

[Read: Can You Give Packaged Juices To Your Baby?]

Tips for Giving Apple Juice to Your Baby

Tips for Giving Apple Juice to Your Baby

Here is what you need to do if you are considering giving your baby apple juice:

  • If your baby is below six months of age, do not give him/her apple juice. In fact, it might not be a good idea to start juices until the baby is one year old.
  • For older babies, always opt for fresh fruit as opposed to juices. Fruits contain more fiber, lesser sugar and fewer calories and have the same taste as juices.
  • If you have to give juice, dilute it, preferably to the extent of making it like flavored water. If your child is new to juices, this dilution will make no difference to them. But if your child is already used to the sugary juices, you might want to gradually wean them off by diluting his juice little by little.
  • Never give juice to a baby in a bottle as this increases the chance of tooth decay.
  • If you have no choice but to opt for store bought juices, then always buy brands that offer 100% juice with no added sugar.

If you plan to give fruit juice to your child, make sure that you make it a part of their meal or snack. Don’t make it a habit for your child to sip the juice throughout the day or don’t use it as a way to pacify your unhappy infant or child. Consuming apple juice has no dietary value over eating fruits. So, encourage your infants to eat whole fruits that are mashed or pureed.

Good luck!

FAQ’s

1. Can I Give Apple Juice to my 6 Month Old?

Yes, you can. It is safe. It is easy to digest too.

2. Can I Add Sugar in the Apple Juice I Give my Baby?

No, it is not recommended. You should avoid adding sugar to your baby’s diet till they are 1-year-old. Fruit juices are best given without adding anything.

3. Can Apple Juice Cause Cavities in my Child?

Yes, it can. Fruit juices are stripped of the essential fiber. The fructose can decay teeth.

4. Can I Give Apple Juice to my Constipated Baby?

Yes, you can. Apple juice has a gentle laxative effect. This can help relieve constipation.

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