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After drinking two sippy cups of juicy juice with DHA, my two year old son screamed with a hard tummy and vomitting for an hour. Is this juice too strong for little ones?

By Anonymous June 30, 2009 - 8:12am
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After drinking two sippy cups of juicy juice with DHA, my two year old son screamed with a hard tummy and vomitting for an hour. Is this juice too strong for little ones?

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Fruit juices and fruits on the market "are" too acidic. Sugar actually buffers acid, and by removing it from the juice the ph drops. Citric acid and vitamin C added acidify the juices. the companies are also using concentrates or juice from obviously under ripe fruit so the natural sweetness doesn't come up like its suppose to. call and write the companies and complain! Tell them their juice is too sour! Not everyone genetically can tolerate high acid levels in foods and beverages. The acidity has almost doubled in products from 10 years ago.

November 20, 2013 - 1:42pm
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It is not 100% juice. It has ascorbic acid is highly acidic and does not assimilate well in the body, nor does maic acid

November 20, 2012 - 4:22pm
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im 16 and i love juicy juice but for the past few days the same thing has been happening to me. i didnt know what was wrong but my stomach has been burning like crazy! i think im quitting with juice. :(

June 12, 2010 - 11:07am
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Just adding to this post, has anyone that experienced this with their children had their children allergy tested for any allergies to certain foods? It would just appear to me that this MAY be associated with food allergies.

May 16, 2010 - 8:13am
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My 16 mos old toddler experienced the same symptoms yesterday it is the first time we did not dilute the juice has anyone else noticed these symptoms.... she was cryiing like she was in agony.....lasted approx 20 minutes....

March 31, 2010 - 6:01pm
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To Anon, March 31st post:
Did you review the information provided above? It could have been diarrhea, the quantity...any number of issues.

Let us know if you reviewed the information above, as this is the most current and relevant information on juice drinking for toddlers.

Did you call your daughter's pediatrician, since I assume there was vomiting involved?

May 16, 2010 - 10:15am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

my daughter is now 2, yet about 3 months ago i gave her juicy juice and she was miserable for hours, and vomitted twice that night, I thought she had a reaction to the meatloaf for dinner, so the next day I did the same thing with juicy juice... and it was a repeat, I changed her diet and gave her pedialite with motts apple juice ( her original brand) and never had another episode. around 5 weeks ago we were on a road trip and i gave her juicy juice again thinking it was just a bad meal. well it wasnt, she threw up again, so i knew that it was the juicy juice, and I have no idea why, because she drank it diluted when i was introducing it to her as a one year old. I dont know if they are doing something different then a couple of years ago, but now I am very hesitant about any other juice. Be relieved in the fact that its not just your daughter.

May 16, 2010 - 6:59am
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Anon, May 16,

Thank you for this information! It seems as this brand may be the culprit in upset stomachs for the little ones. Something to keep in mind, because I do give my preschooler juice...and different brands at that. I haven't noticed any adverse reactions to Juicy Juice specifically, but enough of the other moms have that it helps for them to experiment with different brands.

thanks again for sharing!

May 16, 2010 - 10:17am
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Hi I'm 27 and I had just a couple sips of the fruit punch juicy juice this morning I even diluted it cuz I like it like less sweet and then I layed down to watch TV. I felt sick within 5 minutes and ran to the bathroom vomiting. Weird .....definitely the company or close to expiration date

October 12, 2015 - 8:38am

Diane gave you great information, and I was wondering how much juice your son typically drinks in a day, or in a week?

Fruit juice, as well as fresh fruit, consumed in large (or even moderate) quantities can cause diarrhea; many moms joke about giving their kids too much grapes or raisins, as they will "pay for it later" during a diaper change.

From the American Academy of Pediatrics (full article link below), "...malabsorption of carbohydrate in juice, especially when consumed in excessive amounts, can result in chronic diarrhea, flatulence, bloating, and abdominal pain".

So, it likely has nothing to do with the DHA in the fruit juice that your son consumed, but rather the sugar content and carbohydrates in the juice itself that caused the adverse reaction.

The AAP recommends that children limit their juice consumption to 1 serving (6 oz) per day (for 1-4 years olds), and 2 servings per day (for 10-18 year olds). It is actually recommended that children consume their fruit requirements with whole fruits instead of fruit juice, and that children drink milk or water throughout the day.

Knowing this information, I do give my son (2 years old) juice (even though it's not ideal), but water it down in his cup--half juice and half water with ice-- so that he is getting enough to drink during the hot months of summer, and also not drinking the pure juice. Depending on the week, he drinks 1-2 fruit juice boxes total (each diluted with water), and when we took him to his first (ever) dental appointment this week, the dentist was beyond thrilled that he doesn't drink juice from the juice box, and that his quantity is limited. She said they see so much tooth decay from kids drinking right from the box, juice box-after-juice box. She said if we do give him a juice box, he needs to brush his teeth immediately after. Wow---I had no idea it was this big of a problem...that drinking juice is actually worse than eating ice cream (as far as teeth go!).

You may be interested in reading the remainder of the article (quoted above) from the American Pediatrics Association (AAP), "The Use and Misuse of Fruit Juice".

How old is your son? Is he feeling better? I also wanted to mention, that it is important to call your son's pediatrician anytime there is severe vomiting, as he may need to be re-hydrated.

I hope you're OK, too...I know anything that happens to our kids is traumatic to us as well.

June 30, 2009 - 12:37pm
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