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Can kids drink diet soda?
Preg.: How long should my daughter be on formula? Also, can kids be given caffeine-free diet soda as an occasional treat?
Maddi Houston
Resp.: Maddi, your daughter should be on formula up to her first birthday then on whole milk until her second birthday.

As for soda, I don't recommend it for children. Aspartame, the non-nutritive sweetener found in diet sodas is not appropriate for young children. Additionally, carbonation can affect the enamel on developing teeth. When my children were young, we would give them a juice box as a treat rather than juice in a cup. This was special to them but still provided the nutrition that they needed.