Fruit juice, childhood diarrhea

Parents who urge their children to use excessive amounts of fruit juices may induce chronic diarrhea, which may even retard growth. Up to 15 percent of children suffer episodes of chronic non-specific diarrhea, whose cause has not been understood.
Apple juice may contain as much sugar as a soft drink. Sorbitol, a sugar in juice, is known to produce diarrhea and stomach cramps if taken in large amounts. Dr. Robert Essenman, chief of pediatric gastroenterology at the Hamilton, Ontario McMaster University Medical Center, instructs parents to limit milk intake to no more than 24 ounces a day, and fruit juice to 6 to 8 ounces. Water may be taken freely. (Medical Tribune 29(19)12, July 14, 1988)
Copyright 1988 Phylis Austin


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