hi my child is 17 months and is on full cows milk. when can you give him semi skimmed milk

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Melany - posted on 11/30/2009

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they say it's best 2 change when they r 2 cause they need the fat from the whole milk 2 develop. I would ask ur doctor if u feel ur child needs skim instead of whole. best of luck!!!

Jane - posted on 11/30/2009

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From what I've read & what everyone says here 2 years old seems to be the magic number

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It really depends on his weight and how much milk fat he still requires. The milk fat helps with brain development so it is recommended that they stay on whole milk for the first 2 years of life. At two years old I switched my son to 2% milk and now that he is 3 he drinks 1% milk. He's always been in the 90-95th percentile for weight so his pediatrician said it wasn't necessary to keep him on whole milk. But, for children who are underweight, they should keep drinking it.

Sujata - posted on 11/30/2009

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would recommend to use whole milk till 2 yrs as suggested by all doctors & nutritionist. LATER ON 1% or 2% whichever you consume at home.

Debi - posted on 11/30/2009

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Is he over weight if so the doctor might say it is ok if he is not he needs to stay on until 2 years for the fat that is in the milk... If it just dont agree with him let your doctor know.. My oldest could not handle the whole milk at all she was put on 2% at 15 months..

Anna - posted on 11/30/2009

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I think full cream for at least the first 2 years. After that, it depends on how active your child is and if they are a normal weight.

Christine - posted on 11/30/2009

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Hi, when my daughter was on WIC (women infants and children) they had me start skimmed, 1% or 2% when she turned 2 years old. I was told that a child needs that fat from the milk to help them develop better. But honestly if you are worried about some sort of health issue I would strongly ask the advice of your doctor.

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