Fruit sugar, or levulose, is predigested and ready for instant absorption and use in the body. It is this predigested sugar that instantly refreshes and revives the greatly fatigued man or woman. The best source of sugar for the infant is found in grapes. Take the required amount of fresh, ripe grapes and crush them in a vessel. Squeeze the juice out of these and strain it. Put it into a bottle and give it to the child just like it takes its milk. Do not dilute the grape juice. Small babies may have four ounces of this at a feeding; older babies, that is after six months, eight ounces. Never give bottled grape-juice. Never cook the grape juice.
When grapes are out of season, unsulphured figs, dates or prunes may be used instead. These should be soaked over night in the usual way, then crushed and the juice strained off. This juice should be fed in a bottle and may be given in the same amounts that the grape juice is given. These sweet fruit juices should not be given with the milk but should be given three or four hours after the milk feeding.
Orange Juice is one of the most delicious and attractive foods that can be fed to babies. It contains pre-digested food that is ready for absorption and utilization when taken. This, perhaps, explains why a glass of orange juice is so refreshing to the tired person or to the man who has been on a fast. The sweeter the orange, the more refreshing it is. Oranges are rich in lime and other alkaline salts and prevent or overcome acidosis. Ignorant doctors who decry oranges because they "make the blood acid" should be prohibited from practice.
The regular eating of orange juice results in the retention of calcium and phosphorus in the body, and in the assimilation of nitrogen (protein), out of all proportion to the amounts of these elements contained in the juice. The juice actually enables the body to utilize the elements better than it could otherwise do. Nothing can be more helpful to children, and particularly undernourished children than orange juice--not two or three spoonfuls a day, but from a glassful to three glasses full. Don't be stingy with the orange juice; stop kidding yourself and the child with teaspoonfuls of the juice.
Orange juice, grape juice, etc., may be given to infants from birth. The two week's old infant should be given the juice of one-half an orange, about two ounces, undiluted. By the time the child is three months old it should be taking four ounces at a feeding, of undiluted orange juice. At six months it should be taking eight ounces. Never add sugar or other substances to the orange juice.
Lemon juice, lime juice, tomato juice, grape fruit juice, melon juice or the juices of other fruits may also be used, but are not always to be had, as is orange juice. Most children will relish grapefruit juice, although many of them refuse tomato juice.
Never Give Canned Or Cooked Fruit Juices To Infants And Children. Never Add Sugar, Oil Or Other Substance To Them.
If four milk feedings are given these juices should be given, not less than thirty minutes before the second milk feeding of the morning and afternoon, or three to four hours after the milk feeding.