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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is drinking orange juice bad for a baby?

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Dr. Kelly Kane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: It can promote cavity forming bacteria to live in the mouth. These bad guys live at the base of the bacteria pyramid and are hard to get rid of.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Juices not needed: Juices are the equivalent of giving a baby a coke.The sweetness factor contributes to water refusal.If u want baby to have the benefits of an apple, give apple sauce;oranges, peaches, pears, grapes etc. All benefit the child more when given as a natural food, not a refined extracted juice.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it bad to drink lots of orange juice?

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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
OJ: define lots: six quarts day may make you fat. Need more information. Do you have kidney failures? if so your blood K may get too high. Discuss with your Dr.
A 42-year-old member asked:

When can a baby drink natural orange juice?

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Dr. Howard Gollup
Pediatrics 43 years experience
9 mo, but not needed: I would say about nine months, but in moderation. Juice--even natural juice--has a lot of sugar, and isn't as nutritious as all the hype suggests. Better than 'juice drinks', yes, but not that much better. I often suggest diluting it. But, juice is not necessary for your child. It has vitamin c, yes, but that is easily obtained from many other sources.

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