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Giving baby OJ in a bottle - who is BU?

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willisurvive3under2 Sat 16-Feb-19 22:35:01

Freshly squeezed! But still confused

10 month old twins. My DM is visiting from overseas. She did the twins tea and gave them a few orange segments after their main. Twin 1 is a more advanced eater and happily sucked/ate them. Twin 2 wouldn't touch them (she's not great at feeding herself still) so DM squeezed some orange juice into a bottle and she happily drunk it. It was 2 oz if that, roughly half an orange.

This seems bonkers and I was about to get annoyed but I tried hard to be rational and I can't see what she's done wrong. Both girls had some OJ one way or another. Everyone happy.

Would this bother you? Was she being unreasonable? I should add the girls have a cold and she was making a point about giving them vitamin C.

CrispbuttyNo1 Sat 16-Feb-19 22:36:21

What’s the problem? I really can’t see the issue here.

blackteasplease Sat 16-Feb-19 22:36:26

I'm sure it's not the end of the world once, but I'd ask her not to to it again. She could put it in an open cup just as easily.

Absofrigginlootly Sat 16-Feb-19 22:36:52

The difference with it being in a bottle is being delivered in a concentrated way to the front teeth. You’re supposed to dilute and fruit juice in a bottle with water to 1:8 juice:water ratio

PuntasticUsername Sat 16-Feb-19 22:37:26

I probably wouldn't make a habit of it but as a one off, can't see a problem at all.

youbethemummylion Sat 16-Feb-19 22:37:28

Not good for her teeth but also nit the end of the world as a one off.

Aprilshowersarecomingsoon Sat 16-Feb-19 22:37:38

One whiff of juice and my dc's bums were red raw.....

Bluerussian Sat 16-Feb-19 22:38:20

Better in a cup than bottle but won't hurt occasionally.

MrsJayy Sat 16-Feb-19 22:39:38

I really don't know what your issue is it was some orange juice your mother did nothing wrong maybe get the babies some sippy cups but honestly nothing bad happened.

LondonGirl83 Sat 16-Feb-19 22:44:58

as others have said juice shouldn't go in bottles as its bad for teeth

PremierNaps Sat 16-Feb-19 22:46:51

Why one whiff of juice and your DCs bums were red raw? Am I missing something?

willisurvive3under2 Sat 16-Feb-19 22:50:15

I did think teeth but she has none grin I agree that I have no rational reason to disagree with what DM did, but it doesn't seem right! They have sippy cups, I will suggest that.

GreatDuckCookery6211 Sat 16-Feb-19 22:53:49

What exactly is it your annoyed about? It’s orange juice not a rum punch!

MrsJayy Sat 16-Feb-19 22:54:47

If she does it again dilute the juice because it is better for them but put it down to an irrational irritation and forget about it smile

DerelictWreck Sat 16-Feb-19 22:56:57

Can anyone explain how it's bad for teeth consider the teat goes past them? Surely the juice is delivered straight to the tongue?

Muddysnowdrop Sat 16-Feb-19 22:57:19

Would be better in a cup than bottle, but fine and probably needed the vitamin c

MyKingdomForBrie Sat 16-Feb-19 22:59:09

I think she was just being nice, it was freshly squeezed a perfectly healthy, cannot see the issue? It won't hurt teeth as a one off.

MyKingdomforaNameChange Sat 16-Feb-19 22:59:12

My sister had whooping cough as a toddler, and couldn't keep milk down. She had orange juice in a bottle for a few weeks ,and it wrecked her baby teeth.

Yabbers Sat 16-Feb-19 23:01:44

Not much better in a cup than a bottle, far better with a straw.

Good solution if they didn't want to eat the orange.

MrsJayy Sat 16-Feb-19 23:03:05

It is to do with the concentrated juice and saliva mix it can cause tooth decay especially if used extented periods out of a baby bottle.

yearinyearout Sat 16-Feb-19 23:06:32

So your DM gave the baby some OJ in a bottle, which you don't have a problem with? So what's the point of the thread? Am i missing something?

TinklyLittleLaugh Sat 16-Feb-19 23:08:02

When mine were really small I’m sure we were told to avoid citrus fruit. Perhaps that has changed? Many babies and toddlers get upset tummies with orange juice though. I think she jumped in a bit.

Aprilshowersarecomingsoon Sat 16-Feb-19 23:10:01

Nappy rash to the bleeding stage in hours. Massive reaction.

AnnaMagnani Sat 16-Feb-19 23:11:45

Not good for teeth and no good for colds. Vit C for colds has been myth-busted a zillion times.

Mmmhmmm Sat 16-Feb-19 23:11:50

This is not an actual problem.

StrippingTheVelvet Sat 16-Feb-19 23:12:18

Am I missing something or are you purposefully trying to find an issue with this when you can't actually see one?

MrsJayy Sat 16-Feb-19 23:13:52

Citrus fruit can cause acidic urine that can cause a sore bum, you are right tinkly we were told to avoid fruit juice from cartons or to dilute it but this was a fresh orange so probably ok as a one off.

halfwitpicker Sat 16-Feb-19 23:15:24

Oh come on OP

BlueCornishPixie Sat 16-Feb-19 23:15:59

As a one off and with no teeth, I don't see a problem.

As a general rule, nothing but water or milk in a bottle once they have teeth. The way children drink through a bottle basically means you bathe their front teeth in sugary acid. It's terrible for their teeth.

The odd time will do no harm, but I wouldn't make a habit of it.

Doubletrouble99 Sat 16-Feb-19 23:23:36

I am amazed at how few of you realise that giving orange juice to a child under 1 year old is not recommended due to the fact that it is very acidic and their digestive system is not developed enough to cope with it.
That is the problem folks.

Alsohuman Sat 16-Feb-19 23:33:25

No teeth, no damage. Non event.

user1493423934 Sat 16-Feb-19 23:37:53

They may not have teeth but orange juice is full of sugar! and as Double said its not good for their tummies.
I have never given my kids full juice - only water and milk and diluted juice.

PodgeBod Sat 16-Feb-19 23:40:26

If she was babysitting every week I would raise it as an issue, but don't worry too much as a one off

MrsJayy Sat 16-Feb-19 23:40:29

There is no real difference in the actual orange the other baby had

Vixxxy Sat 16-Feb-19 23:43:11

Why one whiff of juice and your DCs bums were red raw? Am I missing something?

My son is like this. Its the same if he eats grapes or strawberries, or any kind of acidic fruit actually. Gets acidic diarrhoea. Doctor says its nowt to worry about, just avoid those foods. But its annoying having a child who absolutely adores all fruit and you can pretty much only give him bananas!

MitziK Sat 16-Feb-19 23:44:22

You can't do it regularly or the front teeth will come through rotten and brown (as I saw with a neighbour's baby boy - he had them taken out under general anaesthetic when he was 4 - Mum was beside herself with worry that he could dying under anaesthetia --but that didn't stop her giving him sugary drinks on the way home from the hospital--).

But as a one off, it won't hurt.

Nanny0gg Sat 16-Feb-19 23:45:36

So all of you give/gave your babies juice in a bottle, yes?

Or you followed the guidelines that have been around forever that you don't do this?

CrispbuttyNo1 Sat 16-Feb-19 23:50:16

So what is the difference between giving a child a slice of orange to suck the juice out of and eat, and giving them the juice of an orange. Because I’m failing to see any difference there. 🤷🏻‍♀️

ThreeAnkleBiters Sun 17-Feb-19 00:01:29

I wouldn't really choose to give a 10 month old orange juice but I also couldn't get upset about it as a one off. It wasn't like it was vodka.

steff13 Sun 17-Feb-19 00:04:54

We didn't let our kids have juice until they were 2, because we wanted them to be established water drinkers first. But I wouldn't stress about this as a one-off.

Mummyoflittledragon Sun 17-Feb-19 00:08:35

Eating the fruit whole seriously slows absorption. Drinking juice even freshly squeezed is instantly metabolised and can lead to diarrhoea in infants.

It was a one off. She was trying to do something nice but it could have caused you lo digestive issues so ask not to do again unless diluted as discussed above.

blueskiesovertheforest Sun 17-Feb-19 00:10:03

Citrus fruits are highly likely (in the scheme of things) to be allergens and most people want to be aware and monitor their introduction.

IncrediblySadToo Sun 17-Feb-19 00:16:17

So many reasons not to do this, no benefit to doing it.

I think you’re uncomfortable because the reasons not to are all gathered slowly but build up to it being ‘not a good idea’.

- too concentrated for babies
- too acidic for babies stomachs
- really bad for teeth, including those growing

- loads of sugar & no fibre

- bottles are for milk
- cups for water

- babies do NOT need juice, it’s a bad habit to start

As a one off I wouldn’t be bothered, but I’d ask her not to do it again.

peachgreen Sun 17-Feb-19 00:18:37

I'm not particularly precious about what DD eats but to be honest I'm trying to avoid all drinks except water and milk for as long as possible so I'd have been really annoyed too.

Pinkkahori Sun 17-Feb-19 00:22:50

As a one off i'd be more concerned about the choking hazard of a 10 month old sucking on orange segments unless it was a segmented orange with the membrane removed.

PerspicaciaTick Sun 17-Feb-19 00:31:03

So baby 1 sucked the juice from a couple of orange segments on their own and baby 2 sucked the juice from a couple of orange segments that had been squeezed into a bottle? Absolutely no issue.

YourSarcasmIsDripping Sun 17-Feb-19 00:44:54

Nope not seeing the issue either..the sugar ,the acid the whatever. Baby 1 had the orange itself and no one is horrified by that. Baby 2 had the same orange but squeezed into juice , not a bottle of Fanta.

OldBean2 Sun 17-Feb-19 00:46:36

They may not have teeth yet but they will shortly and you are allowing them to start to favour sugary drinks. Can I suggest you google Bottle Caries, so you know what you would be letting yourself in for.

Fitting toddlers with dentures is no fun, believe me as I have had to do it.

Nothinglefttochoose Sun 17-Feb-19 01:48:09

Terrible for their teeth. Don’t let her do it again.

PorridgeLove Sun 17-Feb-19 03:30:04

MY 2yr old DS has never had juice in his life. It is one of the things where I put my foot down. He is already very attached to his milk bottle (I know!) and loves fruit. If he learned about juice he would probably as for it all the time.

Just explain to her that the twins are not to drink ANY juice, but can have all the fruit they want. Twin 2's eating skills are much more likely to develop if she's up against a challenge from time to time. Juice in a bottle is "too easy".

So, YANBU, but it is also not a big deal. I've seen someone give Coke Zero to her one-year old. That is nuts, imho.

3in4years Sun 17-Feb-19 03:42:52

I never knew about citrus and nappy rash. I've been lucky then, as all 3 of mine loved satsumas but never had nappy rash.

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