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To ask how much water I should use to dilute pure apple juice?

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Backtonature Tue 17-Nov-15 20:04:28

My 5 year old is on medication that requires her to drink a lot of fluid for it to work. She will only drink apple juice from concentrate. I used to dilute it 1 part juice to 10 parts water as recommended for babies but she is refusing to drink it now saying it tastes like water after I stupidly started putting cartons of apple juice in her packed lunch. I can't seem to find any info on how much juice should be diluted for an older child, does anyone know?

MillionToOneChances Tue 17-Nov-15 20:08:08

I dilute about one in ten but you can't ever give pure juice if you're doing that. I'd dilute 50/50 and then gradually decrease the alcohol.

I find the Copella has a stronger flavour so you can get away with less of it.

PuntasticUsername Tue 17-Nov-15 20:08:26

In our house it's just as low as you can get away with at the time - I aim for at least 50/50. In extremis I give in to the whinging and go higher, then have to spend a week reducing the amount of apple juice again by tiny, tiny increments...

MillionToOneChances Tue 17-Nov-15 20:08:53

Oops.. Juice, not alcohol!!

JustWantToBeDorisAgain Tue 17-Nov-15 20:17:17

I think you have my daughter!

She has to take medication in her drinks throughout the day and will only have apple juice. We dilute 50/50 the dentist is fully aware and has coated her teeth to help prevent decay.

Backtonature Tue 17-Nov-15 20:25:22

Ooh that's interesting about decay. My dd also has acid reflux and her front teeth are not great from this and I worry alot about them. Just one of many of her digestive problems! I have seen Apple high juice on the supermarket with sugar not sweeteners, does anyone know if this is better or worse for teeth than fresh apple juice??

Backtonature Tue 17-Nov-15 20:26:20

I have also considered sugar free squash but do not like the idea of sweeteners as she drinks a lot

would she drink fizzy water with perhaps a dribble of something squash or juice if needed? my Ds's were happy with just fizzy water when they were young although I appreciate there are mixed feelings about fizzy water I love it and drink gallons

Why not do a taste test with her - make up a little bit of the juice in different concentrations (you can decide what is strong enough, and stop there, iyswim), and then see which one she likes best?

nocoolnamesleft Wed 18-Nov-15 02:46:40

Probably don't go with fizzy if the medication is movicol. It's amazing how explosive that gets....oops

VulcanWoman Wed 18-Nov-15 02:50:46

My Son used to have half and half, no fillings.
What about pineapple for a change.

Backtonature Wed 18-Nov-15 07:46:18

Yes the medication is movicol

MillionToOneChances Wed 18-Nov-15 09:32:00

Fizzy water is also bad for teeth.

ThumbWitchesAbroad Wed 18-Nov-15 09:36:35

As much or as little as you like, I suppose - I dilute DS2's (3) juice approx 1 in 4 (1 juice + 3 water) and DS1 (7) might get 1 in 3 these days.

Fizzy water is also bad for teeth is it? how does that work then? theres nothing in it except bubbles, do they damage teeth shock

ThumbWitchesAbroad Wed 18-Nov-15 11:27:39

The fizz in fizzy water is carbonic acid, which is, of course, acidic. Any level of acidity can cause enamel erosion.

howabout Wed 18-Nov-15 11:34:58

Is it possible to have the drinks with meals all at once rather than sipping over a long time? Not a dentist, but I think the problem is more the length of time exposed to sugar rather than the absolute amount in terms of tooth decay. In our house the dilution is as weak as I can get away with.

Jhm9rhs Wed 18-Nov-15 11:38:32

Now mine are almost six I don't dilute at all, although they have juice infrequently and with meals.

MN makes me feel like a bad mother at times!

VulcanWoman Wed 18-Nov-15 11:44:05

I still dilute my own juice confused

2legit2knit Wed 18-Nov-15 11:45:34

Did you read the OP Jhm?

2legit2knit Wed 18-Nov-15 11:46:35

I would do as STDG suggests, OP

reni2 Wed 18-Nov-15 11:49:48

Carbonated water is fine. Carbon dioxide and water are the only ingredients once the pressure is removed (ie the bottle is opened). Carbonic acid is used as a name for a carbon-dioxide solution in water. This has to happen under pressure, carbon dioxide is otherwise not very soluble in water. Sorry to derail.

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 18-Nov-15 11:51:21

Fizzy water is also bad for teeth

'But when it came to the erosive potential of that weak acid on the teeth, the effect was 100-times less than that of some other kinds of fizzy drinks.'

source.

VulcanWoman Wed 18-Nov-15 11:54:08

I hope that's right about the fizzy water, my Son drinks bottles of it. shock

Jhm - the OP is not talking about cartons of apple juice - she is making it up from concentrate - so she has to dilute it - her question is, how much.

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