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How Much Sugar Is Too Much Sugar For Your Toddler?

Dr. Shipra Mathur, Developmental Paediatrician


Nov 29, 2018 | 3 : 00 PM to 4 : 00 PM

Toddlers are eating more sugar than what’s recommended for some adults! Too much sugar can put your child on track to develop type 2 diabetes and other health conditions. The top culprit for sugar overload is sugar-sweetened beverages, particularly milk with added sugar.

Chat Live with Dr. Shipra Mathur (Developmental Paediatrician) to know the risk factors involved and how to minimize sugar intake for toddlers?


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Dr. Shipra Mathur
Hi Manisha, sorry i didn't understand your question..do write in again . 2018-11-29 15:00:57
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hello madam my son is 5rs old can u suggest me how much of sugar he need daily.actually for children....

hello madam my son is 5rs old can u suggest me how much of sugar he need daily.actually for childrens it is necessary to feed sugar daily,my kid always want sweet dishes ,but iam limiting intake of sugar,instead of sugar iam giving jaggery.is it safe for kids to give jaggery r its equilant to sugar,suggest me madan what are the ingredients to use as a sweetners instead of sugar .

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi Sandhya, according to experts 5 teaspoons of free sugar is the upper limit for a day. This includes sugar in chocolates, jam, sweets, artificial juices etc. The required amount of sugar is best obtained though natural foods like fruits, yogurt . Honey, pureed banana can be used in milk. jaggery is preferable to sugar. 2018-11-29 15:06:22
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my child eats lot of chocklate(atleast 2 daily ) ....should I reduce sugar in his diet ?

my child eats lot of chocklate(atleast 2 daily ) ....should I reduce sugar in his diet ?

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi deepak, yes definitely. The chocolates are giving him far more and above the upper limit of sugar in a day. Wean away the habit, give smaller pieces and only as a treat. 2018-11-29 15:08:55
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How much sugar can be consumed by kids on daily basis. My daughter is 5 years. Any alternate for sug....

How much sugar can be consumed by kids on daily basis. My daughter is 5 years. Any alternate for sugar

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
Hi Deepshikha, according to experts 5 -6 teaspoons of free sugar is the upper limit for a day. This includes sugar in chocolates, jam, sweets, artificial juices etc. The required amount of sugar is best obtained though natural foods like fruits, yogurt . Honey, pureed banana can be used in milk. 2018-11-29 15:11:51
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my son is 5 yrs old n in every meal he is having sugar

my son is 5 yrs old n in every meal he is having sugar

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
HI Radhika, aim to cut it down and substitute with natural sugars found in fruits, yogurt etc. 2018-11-29 15:14:06
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my daughter has sweet tooth...after meal she needs something sweet....how much and what can be given....

my daughter has sweet tooth...after meal she needs something sweet....how much and what can be given on daily basis

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
Hi Ekta, it would be better for her to have fruit as the natural sugar in it is better handled. Fruit plus yogurt is also an healthier option. 2018-11-29 15:16:02
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MADAM , how to control sugar intake, my son is 5 years old

MADAM , how to control sugar intake, my son is 5 years old

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, according to experts 5-6 teaspoons of free sugar is the upper limit for a day. This includes sugar in chocolates, jam, sweets, artificial juices etc. The required amount of sugar is best obtained though natural foods like fruits, yogurt . Honey, pureed banana can be used in milk instead of sugar. Keep sugary foods to a minimum and as a special treat. 2018-11-29 15:17:43
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what are the reasons of diabetes in kids

what are the reasons of diabetes in kids

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, Diabetes is due to impaired sugar- insulin metabolism. This may be genetic for some kids. Nowadays we see an early onset adult type diabetes also in children due to obesity linked with lifestyle and food choices. 2018-11-29 15:20:30
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hello Dr. my daughter is 3 years old..how much sugar can be give to her on daily basis..n what is th....

hello Dr. my daughter is 3 years old..how much sugar can be give to her on daily basis..n what is the alternative of sugar..her weight is 10.8 kg...but she is active..how to gain her weight..

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, according to experts 5 teaspoons of free sugar is the upper limit for a day. This includes sugar in chocolates, jam, sweets, artificial juices etc. The children usually consume much more than this on a daily basis. For example a bar of a standard chocolate would have a 20 gms or 5 teaspoons of sugar already !The required amount of sugar is best obtained though natural foods like fruits, yogurt . Honey, pureed banana can be used in milk. encourage her to stay active and eat more of natural healthy food. 2018-11-29 15:23:43
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can i give ragi portridge 2 times a day to 2 yrs baby??

can i give ragi portridge 2 times a day to 2 yrs baby??

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
yes , you can. You may have to reduce if there is constipation along/due to it. 2018-11-29 15:25:13
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my daughter loves chocolate too much... how much suger intake is normal in daily basis...

my daughter loves chocolate too much... how much suger intake is normal in daily basis...

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, according to experts 5 teaspoons of free sugar is the upper limit for a day. This includes sugar in chocolates, jam, sweets, artificial juices etc. children would on an average be having far more amount in their daily diet. A regular bar of chocolate itself may have 20 grams or 5 teaspoons of sugar ! The required amount of sugar is best obtained though natural foods like fruits, yogurt . Honey, pureed banana can be used in milk. 2018-11-29 15:27:17
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Hello, Both my daughters are sweettooth. Elder one is 5 and 1/2 and 1 and 1/2 . They want chocolates....

Hello, Both my daughters are sweettooth. Elder one is 5 and 1/2 and 1 and 1/2 . They want chocolates more. Please suggest what can be done. I have tried to reduce.

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi Preethi, you have to wean it down...start by reducing portion sizes and offer it as a treat only. Replace with other sweet things like fruits, yogurt with fruit etc. 2018-11-29 15:29:46
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my baby is 3 yr n 8mnths old has a very bad habbit of biting nails what shud i do to get rid of with....

my baby is 3 yr n 8mnths old has a very bad habbit of biting nails what shud i do to get rid of with this habit n does it create bad effects on eyes?

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi neelam, give her something else to keep her hands busy..like a stress ball. Correct her and explain to her the risk of infections repeatedly. does not affect eyes. 2018-11-29 15:32:28
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My son is 2.5 yrs old and has less interest in sweet. But this has impacted his intake of fruits als....

My son is 2.5 yrs old and has less interest in sweet. But this has impacted his intake of fruits also and he does not like to eat any fruit I really struggle to make him eat any fruit but still he is not eating any.

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi shalini, try giving it to him in a milk shake or with yogurt or as a fruit chaat ... . 2018-11-29 15:33:45
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What to do to gain weight for 4 months old baby.? She is on breast milk only.

What to do to gain weight for 4 months old baby.? She is on breast milk only.

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi Poonam, make sure the milk intake is adequate - that is enough for weight gain. If not happening, then may need top up milk too. 2018-11-29 15:37:54
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My 4 months old baby is developing small boils at the back of the head.. What is the cause and how c....

My 4 months old baby is developing small boils at the back of the head.. What is the cause and how can I do about it?

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, they may be heat related or due to a skin /scalp disorder. best to be seen by specialist . 2018-11-29 15:42:10
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Hello doctor, Small question for sugar consumption. How much sugar should I give daily to my 5.6 y....

Hello doctor, Small question for sugar consumption. How much sugar should I give daily to my 5.6 yrs nd 1.3yrs son please explain Thanks :)

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, according to experts 5 teaspoons of free sugar is the upper limit for a day. This includes sugar in chocolates, jam, sweets, artificial juices etc. children would on an average be having far more amount in their daily diet. A regular bar of chocolate itself may have 20 grams or 5 teaspoons of sugar ! The required amount of sugar is best obtained though natural foods like fruits, yogurt . 2018-11-29 15:43:19
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my son is 7 years old and wt is 43.he want some times sweet product so can i replace sugar to jaggar....

my son is 7 years old and wt is 43.he want some times sweet product so can i replace sugar to jaggary in his food.

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
yes, it is better although natural sugar as in fruits and yogurt is best for sugar craving. 2018-11-29 15:44:36
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Is it good to wake up my child from his sleep if he misses his breakfast or dinner or lunch and let....

Is it good to wake up my child from his sleep if he misses his breakfast or dinner or lunch and let him sleep after that..

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, what age is your little one.. generally yes, for older kids ok to be woken up for meals. 2018-11-29 15:45:50
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how much sugar is good to serve my 2 yrs 1-month-old baby in a day?

how much sugar is good to serve my 2 yrs 1-month-old baby in a day?

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi vivek, upto 5-6 teaspoon ie 25 grams of sugar... including what is present in biscuits, jam, juices etc. 2018-11-29 15:47:39
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my son age 3.6 years now. he was born in 7 months baby.... now he is not eating well daily and very....

my son age 3.6 years now. he was born in 7 months baby.... now he is not eating well daily and very thin boy... please tell me mam how to develop..

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, encourage him to be active an hour a day atleast to build up his appetite. some times iron supplementation is needed - have him checked by your local paediatrician once from that point of view too. If he otherwise healthy and active, not a worry. 2018-11-29 15:50:12
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hello ma'am mere baby ka 5th month complete ho gaya hai wo cow milk leta hai use formulla milk pasan....

hello ma'am mere baby ka 5th month complete ho gaya hai wo cow milk leta hai use formulla milk pasand nahi aata h wo iske pehle potty sahi kar raha tha pr idhar 2-3dino se ek to watry potty kar raha h aur aaj thik potty to kiya pr usme jally jally type ka kuch kiya kuch samjh nahi aa raha kahi uske pet me keede to nahi pade hai. Aur aaj kal wo muu me kuch bhi daal leta hai katta hai chillata hai katne ko...

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mera beta bina jyada sugar ke doodh nhi peeta ...aadat ko door kaise kare ...

mera beta bina jyada sugar ke doodh nhi peeta ...aadat ko door kaise kare ...

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my daughter is 3 yrs old, her weight is 12 kg, she eats whatever meal we cook for us, just without c....

my daughter is 3 yrs old, her weight is 12 kg, she eats whatever meal we cook for us, just without chilli. we put a pinch if sugar in everything, be it daal or sabzi.is it enuf for her or shud i try increase or decrease her amt of sugar??? what food can be introduced for her weight gain? thanx in advance

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, you dont need to put a pinch of sugar for weight gain. Instead opt for foods like banana , apple , cheeku shake, stuffed paranthas , lentil and vegetable soups , eggs to ensure weight gain. 2018-11-29 15:53:22
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Hello ma'am. my daughter is 2.7years old. what amount of sugar should be given to her daily? Thank y....

Hello ma'am. my daughter is 2.7years old. what amount of sugar should be given to her daily? Thank you.

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi Ratna, according to experts 5 teaspoons of free sugar is the upper limit for a day. This includes sugar in chocolates, jam, sweets, artificial juices , mild additives etc. children would on an average be having far more amount in their daily diet. A regular bar of chocolate itself may have 20 grams or 5 teaspoons of sugar ! The required amount of sugar is best obtained though natural foods like fruits, yogurt . Honey, pureed banana can be used in milk. 2018-11-29 15:54:45
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how can i increase my child weight her bones are weak she is 2 .8 now ?

how can i increase my child weight her bones are weak she is 2 .8 now ?

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi Bhoomi, aim to give her more calorie and nutrient rich food like banana, apple shakes, stuffed paranthas, vegetable mashed in rice/dal etc. Encourage regular physical activity too. 2018-11-29 15:56:34
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my daughter is 4 yrs. she likes sweets very much. how much sugar is ok for kids and what is the alte....

my daughter is 4 yrs. she likes sweets very much. how much sugar is ok for kids and what is the alternative for milk instead of sugar?

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, according to experts 5 teaspoons of free sugar is the upper limit for a day. This includes sugar in chocolates, jam, sweets, artificial juices, milk additive etc. children would on an average be having far more amount in their daily diet. A regular bar of chocolate itself may have 20 grams or 5 teaspoons of sugar ! The required amount of sugar is best obtained though natural foods like fruits, yogurt . Honey, pureed banana can be used in milk. 2018-11-29 15:59:40
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3yrs kid having frequently loose flum motions,stomachpain and vomtings

3yrs kid having frequently loose flum motions,stomachpain and vomtings

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, best to see your paediatrician to assess severity and hydration. Give lot of fluids like ORS to hydrate well. 2018-11-29 16:02:58
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my 3 year old baby has asthma as it is genetic i need to know inhaler pump are safe or not. it effec....

my 3 year old baby has asthma as it is genetic i need to know inhaler pump are safe or not. it effects growth of baby..???

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, yes it often runs in families. inhalers in the doses recommended by your doctor are safe to use and will not affect the growth. 2018-11-29 16:04:45
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mam my baby was 4th month she used to chew her fingers while she sleeps from the last 1month... even....

mam my baby was 4th month she used to chew her fingers while she sleeps from the last 1month... even after feeding of 1/2hr plz mam help me how to control habit she cries with hunger every 1 1/2hr to 2hrs is that normal mam??

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi, you need to review her milk intake..if adequate then it should not be hunger related. use mittens for hands if needed though the habit will go away in some time anyway. 2018-11-29 15:40:35
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hello mam ! my baby is3yr n 8mths old i use to give him few saffron strands with half tsp honey in m....

hello mam ! my baby is3yr n 8mths old i use to give him few saffron strands with half tsp honey in milk in the morning time only .is it healthy for him ? and one thing more is whenever he eats something which he doesn't like and even one or two bite after filling his stomach he vomites out ,why is this so?

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi neelam, it is a traditional recipe for good immunity...is ok to do so. Some kids have a low threshold for vomiting or sometime a mild intolerance to what they have eaten...is not a worry. 2018-11-29 16:10:02
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Hello Doc, pls suggest what is the alternative for sugar in milk.My daughter is 2 yrs 3 mnths old n....

Hello Doc, pls suggest what is the alternative for sugar in milk.My daughter is 2 yrs 3 mnths old n does not like to drink milk. So to make her drink milk I have to mix sugar in it but with a guilt feeling. So does not have a sweet tooth but likes to eat raw sugar.

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi Rashmi, try with honey or mix in some pureed or mashed fruit like apple . 2018-11-29 15:58:09
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is coconut sugar healthy for kids

is coconut sugar healthy for kids

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi usha, it is better than regular sugar. 2018-11-29 15:59:03
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hello mam, mera beta 2 n half years ka hai and August main mera dusra beta hua hai tabhi se I notice....

hello mam, mera beta 2 n half years ka hai and August main mera dusra beta hua hai tabhi se I noticed mera bada beta bhot hi aggressive ho gaya hai baat baat gussa karta hai n chote bete ko marne ki koshish karta hai plz help me kese uske anger ko control karu??

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi bhawna, your older one is probably feeling a bit neglected....he needs a bit more attention, love and assurance from you. Involve him with you in helping to take care of the new baby ..he will enjoy it. 2018-11-29 16:01:44
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hi dr My name is Sathya Rajamohan i am 38years old ,my son who is 4.5yrs old now was 1.5 months pre-....

hi dr My name is Sathya Rajamohan i am 38years old ,my son who is 4.5yrs old now was 1.5 months pre-mature by birth. I was diagonised with pcos before my delivery and still have it, so in light of this should i be restricting sugar intake?

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
Hi sathya, would depend on your blood sugar levels and is best discussing with a physician. Take care. 2018-11-29 16:06:28

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