The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that it is sensible to give juice only to infants who can already drink from a cup. Here are other things you need to know:
Too much juice can cause tooth decay, diarrhea, gas, and abdominal discomfort.
Dilute juice for baby by combining one part juice to 10 parts boiled, cooled water.
Avoid giving baby juice before mealtime because this causes less consumption of essential fats, minerals, vitamins and protein she needs for healthy growth. Fruit juice should be part of a meal or snack and must not be sipped throughout the day or used to soothe a fussy baby.
Give juice in a cup—never in a feeding bottle—to prevent fruit sugars and acids which causes tooth decay from pooling around baby’s teeth.
It is more than enough to provide baby with four to six ounces of juice (equivalent to one fruit serving) in a day.
For babies with diarrhea, the AAP advises that only oral electrolyte solutions be used for rehydration in tandem with a normal diet.