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BIG Q2: What Would You Do?

By Jackie Burrell
Sunday, January 27th, 2008 at 7:00 am in Advice.

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Here’s your chance to be the advice columnist. This question popped up the other day and rather than offer up our thoughts, we thought we’d ask all the parents out there, “What would you do?”

“My daughter loves apple juice. She’d drink it all the time, if she could. But now the dentist is saying it’s bad for her teeth. What now?”

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  1. susanr Says:

    Dentists sometimes ring the alarm bell over anything with sugar. Try this: dilute the apple juice with water. Start small (like 1/8 water to 7/8 juice, then 1/4 to 3/4, etc.) until you reach 50-50 water to juice. At least then she’s getting less sugar.

  2. Alice Says:

    My son loved orange juice, so I made a deal with him. If he drank milk for breakfast and water with his afternoon snack, I’d let him have orange juice with dinner. It wasn’t always easy (lots of tears) but eventually his wanting the juice made him agree to these terms.

  3. d Says:

    Get thee to Whole Foods. Head to the drink box section and buy some Wateroos. They look like juice boxes but are water and have a slight taste of fruit, like apple or berry. And unlike those nasty Capri Sun’s, they don’t have sugar, aspartame or any other un-natural ingredient. The ingredient list is literally just water. We give ’em to our 4-year old on occasion–he thinks he is getting juice but we know it is just water. Some mom in Belmont (I think) came up with the idea. I just wish they were sold more widely!

  4. Rona Renner Says:

    Great comments from parents, once again.
    Diluting juice with water is a good start. You can also get fruit syrup and add just a drop to a cup of water to give it a little color and flavor. Put it in a sippy cup for the road. I also like the comment about setting limits, and how if you’re clear, after awhile children follow the limits you set. It’s often our ambivalence that gets in the way of setting limits. When I was visiting my 2-year-old grandson last week, I made a wonderful non-caffeine herbal tea (Bengal Spice) and put some milk and a little honey in it, and he loved it (Don’t give honey to kids under 1). He also liked the idea that he and Nana Rona were having tea together. His mother was pleased to have a new way of getting plenty of water in him, without all of the sugar of fruit juice.
    In my opinion it’s good to listen to the dentist, and at the same time not get obsessed with “NO SUGAR EVER.”

    Nana Rona

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