401. Bottoms Up: Helping Parents Make the Best-Informed Child Hydration Decisions

Sunday, October 27
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom B
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149448

Establishing healthy beverage patterns in early life is critical to ensure adequate nutrient intake and promote overall health, but national survey data indicate that young children’s beverage intakes diverge from recommendations. Some evidence-based recommendations about beverages for young children (what to drink, how much, and when to introduce) are inconsistent, and there are an increasing variety of milks, juice beverages, and other functional beverages in the marketplace. This leads to confusion among parents and caregivers about what young children should drink. Healthy Eating Research convened an expert panel of representatives from key national health and nutrition organizations to develop a consensus statement and technical report on what young children 0-5 years old should be drinking as part of a healthy diet. This session will present the expert panel’s recommendations and their rationale, along with strategies for RDNs to incorporate the recommendations into practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare evidence-based recommendations for beverage consumption among 0-5 year olds from authoritative health and nutrition organizations and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Describe beverage intake patterns of 0 to 5-year-olds in the United States, including disparities by race/ethnicity and income levels.
  • Apply the expert panel’s recommendations for healthy beverage intake to patient and client settings and to environmental and policy initiatives to improve public health.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 9020 Evaluation and application of research
  • 1040 Cultural sensitivity
  • 4150 Infancy & Childhood (stages of life cycle))

Performance Indicator:

  • 2.1.3 Tailors message to meet the needs of the target audience.
  • 4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based research and literature in decision making.
  • 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.


  • Megan Lott, MPH, RDN

    Deputy Director, Healthy Eating Research

    Duke Global Health Institute

  • Speaker(s)

  • Emily Callahan, MPH, RDN


    EAC Health and Nutrition, LLC

  • Stephen Daniels, MD, PhD

    Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics

    University of Colorado School of Medidicine

  • Lori Bechard, PhD, RD

    Clinical Research Manager

    Boston Children’s Hospital