Limit your child’s consumption of fruit juices. The reason why juice isn’t necessary for children is due to the high sugar content in processed fruit juice, and it offers no nutritional benefit to children under age 1. Toddlers age 1-3 should be limited to, at most, 4 ounces daily. For children age 4-6, fruit juice should be restricted to 4 to 6 ounces daily; and for children ages 7-18, juice intake should be limited to 8 ounces or 1 cup of the recommended 2 to 2 ½ cups of fruit servings per day. Toddlers should not have fruit juice in bottles or covered cups that are easily transportable throughout the day, or right before bedtime.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under one year should not be given fruit juice, and only limited amounts be given to children 1-18 years due to relationship between dental decay and other health concerns. In addition, a study recently published in Pediatrics has found genetic makeup does not predispose individuals to dental caries. The findings suggest environmental factors overshadow genetics as the main cause of caries.