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Too Much Juice Can Be A Bad Thing For Kids

Posted May 6, 2002 3:27 a.m. EDT

— Too much of a good thing can be bad, especially when it comes to kids and juice.

Most parents first give their kids juice when they are 6 months old. Too much juice or the wrong kind can cause stomach problems, diaper rash and even unnecessary weight gain.

Experts recommend parents start with 100-percent apple, pear or white grape juice. Experts say 2 to 4 ounces a day is all your child needs.

"For a mom or dad, I would recommend measuring that, so they know what 2 or 4 ounces looks like. Parents aren't really sure what a serving really is, and it's not a lot," registered dietitian Angela Kirkpatrick said.

Experts also recommend alternating water for juice. As for more acidic drinks like orange juice, it is best to wait until kids are older.