Help your kids drink smarter

Give your youngster skim (not whole) milk if he’s past age 2.

Limit juice
Kids under 6 should drink 6 ounces or less of juice a day, and older kids can have 8 to 12 ounces. Choose 100 percent juice instead of fruit drinks so that your child gets more nutrients and vitamins.

Sideline sports drinks
Water is the best way for most kids to rehydrate after a game or practice, and it will help your child steer clear of the excess sugar in the drinks that could lead to obesity or tooth decay.

Stick to skim

A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 32 percent of kids drink whole milk. To avoid unnecessary fat and calories, children older than age 2 should be given skim milk.

-Parents brings moms and dads smart, fresh advice to help you raise healthy, happy kids. Check us out at Parents.com.



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