I used to buy the concentrate juice and make up 2 litres. this is years ago when my children were school age, or high school. so once that 2 litres was drunk there was no more until tomorrow. so 2 litres between four children, daily. after that was gone , there was water in the fridge. I had cordial, and I would sometimes make up a jug, again, once that was drunk there was no more until the next time I made it. softdrink was quite rare, only with visitors, or a party. I think cordial or softdrink or juice are all ok so long as there is a limit on it. I don't see much wrong with giving a small child one drink a day that is not water, so long as water is always encouraged. marie.