Pediatricians Released Drink Guidelines for Kids, Here’s What Parents Need to Know

Parenting is complicated these days, which is why it’s great to have experts to help you with that. These drinking guidelines from pediatricians can help parents and caregivers properly guide their children’s habits.

It’s no secret that water is the best drink possible in just about any situation, but when it comes to our kids, what are the best drinks and the best intake of those drinks?

We will, Pediatricians have released new drinking guidelines for children aged 5 and underHere’s What Parents Need To Know…

New drinking guidelines for children aged 5 and under

Recently, several major health organizations have come together to provide new drinking guidelines for children ages 5 and under.

So if you have a child or grandchild, these guidelines are worth knowing!

A panel of experts from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association prepared the new guidelines, which include:

0-6 months: Only breast milk or infant formula; no fruit juice or other liquids of any kind.
6-12 months: Breast milk or infant formula; small amounts of regular drinking water okay once solid foods have been introduced; no fruit juice.
12-24 months: Whole milk and regular drinking water; very limited 100% fruit juice on occasion.
2-5 years: Skimmed or skimmed milk and regular drinking water; very limited 100% fruit juice on occasion. Credit: Research on Healthy Eating

“From the time children are born into those early years, beverages are an important source of calories and nutrients and can have a major impact on health well into the future,” said Richard Besser, MD, President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson. Foundation. “Families deserve clear and consistent guidance on what their young children should drink and what to avoid. These recommendations from our nation’s leading medical and nutrition organizations will help families raise healthy children.”

–Healthy Eating Research

Water is the best

Bottom line – little to no fruit juice and more water. Something I think we all should and can live up to, right?

Don’t drink calories

Oh and in case you’re wondering, though this doesn’t specifically say no to other drinks like gatorade, soda, etc. I’m sure it covers that too as they are known to be loaded with sugar!

The idea is that children should not drink their calories (except babies, of course) and should take in more water.

If you’re not sure what to drink your child, simply withhold breast milk or formula for 1 hour and then as much water as you can.

Easy enough to remember, right?

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