The benefits of juice not only provide essential nutrients for the growth and development of your baby, certain types of fruit can be beneficial for your baby’s health, especially in maintaining his immune system. However, you also have to know the effects that might occur if your baby is given excessive fruit juice, which can have a negative impact on your baby’s health. The main component of fruit juice is a liquid which is useful for balancing solid food consumed by the baby, so that the solid food is easily digested and filtered by the kidneys.
Fruit juice also has a carbohydrate component, including fructose, sucrose and sorbitol. The carbohydrate content in the juice varies according to the type of fruit used to make the juice. In addition to carbohydrates, the juice contains vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and flavonoids which have a positive effect on health, one of which can reduce the risk of heart attack and the risk of cancer. The content of vitamin C will help double the absorption of iron so it is good at preventing anemia. So what causes the negative effect of fruit juice?
Fruit juice will have a negative effect if it is given to babies in portions that are not suitable for the baby’s age, the sour taste of the fruit that is used as an ingredient for juice making can lead to serious digestive problems, one of which is diarrhea. Especially if it is given to a child who has health problems, it will increase the bad effect, the thing you have to remember is if the portion is not suitable for your baby.
Here are some rules for giving fruit juice to babies:
1. Giving fruit juice is not recommended to babies aged 0-6 months, this is because at that time the baby only needs breast milk. One of the reasons is because at that age the digestive system is not yet mature, if at 6 months of age on top of the baby has been given solid food, the baby can be given fruit juice.
2. You should pay attention to the sugar content in fruit juice, too much added sugar will create problems with baby teeth, one of which is caries in the teeth. We recommend that you give fruit juice to babies through a drinking cup and not given it through a bottle while lying down.
3. Furthermore, the consideration in giving fruit juice must be adjusted according to the age of your baby. At the age of 1-4 years should be given 120-170 ml per day. Excessive giving will actually have a bad impact on your baby’s health, you don’t have the desire to consume other complementary foods, so babies tend to prefer sweet and fresh fruit juices. Giving a lot of fruit juice will cause several health problems such as chronic diarrhea, causing flatulence and pain in the stomach.