What should young children drink?
The answer may not surprise you, but strict new guidelines may.
Recently released health guidelines say infants and toddlers should not be given soda, chocolate milk or any other drink that is sweetened.
That’s because research shows that what a child drinks from birth to age 5 can affect their health throughout their lives.
The panel of scientists from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association recommend:
- Only breast milk or formula for babies (with water added to the diet beginning at 6 months)
- Cow's milk can be introduced to infants receiving formula at 12 months
- No sugary drinks or other sweeteners before age 5