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Feeding and Nutrition Practices
Nutrition: Infants and Children
 
Never dip pacifiers in sweeteners like honey, corn syrup, or sugar.
 
Encourage planning of 3 meals with 2 snacks to limit constant eating
or “grazing” throughout the day.
 
Limit the consumption of foods high in sugar, such as cake, cookies, or candy and eat them only at mealtimes.
 
Avoid foods that stick to the surface of the teeth and are difficult to remove. Examples of sticky foods include fruit roll-ups, dried fruit (raisins), and certain candies (caramel).
 
Encourage families to choose fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain snacks.
 
Minimize juice consumption and allow juice drinking only from a cup
(not a bottle or sippy cup). Following are the AAP recommendations regarding juice intake:
 
No juice for children younger than 1 year of age.
 
Limit fruit juice to 4-6 oz/day for children 1 to 6 years of age.
 
Limit juice to 8-12 oz/day for children 7-18 years of age.
 
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no juice for children younger than 1 year of age and limiting juice consumption in older children.
 
A diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is best in the prevention of Early Childhood Caries.
 
Frequent snacking and drinking throughout the day increases a child's risk of caries.
 
Families should be encouraged to avoid sticky foods such as dried fruits, fruit roll-ups, and candies.
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