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Lower sugar drinks for kids

There's a surprising amount of sugar in popular kids' drinks, so if you want to cut back on sugar, they're a great place to start. We've got loads of simple tips and easy drink swaps to help

What drinks should I give my kids?

Water and lower-fat milks are always the best choices when it comes to drinks for your kids. Water is a no-sugar thirst quencher. Milk has calcium, which helps keep your child's body strong and forms part of a healthy, balanced diet.

If your family are trying to cut down on sugar, we're here to help. The good news is there are plenty of healthier options out there, so just take a look at these swap ideas and simple tips to help you choose something less sugary.

Make some smart swaps

Sugary drinks swaps: swap from energy drinks (14 cubes of sugar), cola (9 cubes) and juice (2 cubes) to water, lower-fat milks and no-added-sugar juice drinks. Maximum daily amounts of added sugar: for kids aged 4 to 6, 19 grams (5 cubes); for kids aged 7 to 10, 24 grams (6 cubes); for kids aged 11 and older, 30 grams (7 cubes). One cube of sugar equals 4 grams.

Illustration of drink swaps and recommended sugar intake for kids

How to prevent tooth decay in children

Keep fruit juice to meal times

Even unsweetened juices and smoothies contain sugars and acids, so although they can contribute towards their 5 A Day, restrict your child to no more than 1 small glass (about 150ml) of fruit juice or smoothie each day, and only at mealtimes.

Top tips for tooth brushing

1. Remember to make regular trips to the dentist (don't forget NHS dental treatment is free for everyone up until the age of 18).

2. Brush your teeth twice a day — once before bed and once at any other time.

3. Make fluoride your friend. Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay. The amount of fluoride in your toothpaste can usually be found on the side of the tube or on the packaging. Toothpaste that contains 1350 to 1500ppm fluoride gives your child the best protection. Ask your dentist if you're not sure.

4. Spit don't rinse after brushing, as it'll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste, which can reduce how well it prevents decay.