4) Unsweetened fruit juice
If you do decide to give your tot juice, make sure it’s pure unsweetened fruit and dilute it so it’s not as sugary.
‘The Department of Health
suggests one part juice to between six and 10 parts water and no more than 120 – 180ml once a day,’ says Frankie. ‘Pure fruit juice contains useful vitamins and if given at meal times, the vitamin C content can even help the body to absorb more iron from food.’
Ideally, give any fruit juice in an open-lidded beaker or cup, rather than a bottle or a cup with a valve that encourages sucking. ‘In an open flowing cup it's swallowed more quickly and it doesn't stay in contact with the teeth for as long,’ says Frankie. ‘Even unsweetened fruit juices contain natural sugars and “no added sugar” flavoured drinks are acidic and can cause tooth erosion if in contact with the teeth for long periods of time.’
Squeezing a few drops of lemon juice or popping some cucumber slices into your toddler’s water is a great way to give it some flavour