Often times, we think of what food we are feeding our children, but does the drink choice accompanying the food get neglected? The answer is yes. Parents can get distracted by the meals and snacks they feed their child leaving hardly any attention or focus given to children's beverages.
Before the age of 1, the obvious beverage is milk, but after the first year other drinks are introduced. Fruit juices, sodas, and plant-based milks are encouraged to be avoided. Fruit pouches can contain 25 grams of sugar or more in just 5-6 ounces and only 5% or less actually comes from fruit. Starting soda at such a young age is a bad habit let alone the fact that sodas are carbonated, have caffeine, and sugar, too. And don't forget about the early risk of tooth decay.
If your child sees you drinking water, they will be encouraged to do the same. Be a good role model for your child and ditch the soda! Here are a few healthy drink options to keep in mind for your toddler. *These drinks depend on the specific age of your child. Contact a medical professional for direct advice. Give us a call at 423-623-3100.*
1. Milk (type of milk depends on what your child specifically needs)
3. All-natural fruit juice in small portions
Overall, try your best to steer away from all sweetened drinks for your young child. If your child is between the ages of 0-5, they don't need anything in their drink at all. It's all about choice! Read this article below for more insight.