When Should Kids Switch to Nonfat Milk?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.milk, calcium, whole milk, skim milk, low fat, high fat, cow milk, reduced fat, 1% milk, 2% milk, lactose, breast milk, dairy, calcium, vitamin d, vitamin a, nutrition, drinks for kids, drinking milk, lactose, lactase11/27/200308/08/201808/08/2018Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD08/02/2018d0eb7cb6-0928-4ae8-8b25-935961279723https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/start-skim-milk.html/<p><em>I know that at some point kids should drink nonfat milk as part of&nbsp;a low-fat diet. But what's the right age to switch kids from whole milk to nonfat milk?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Sheila</em></p> <p>Breast milk is the food of choice for at least the first year or beyond. Cow's milk should be avoided until after kids reach their first birthday.</p> <p>Babies and toddlers need fat in their diets for a variety of reasons, including healthy brain development. So it's usually recommended that kids 1 to 2 years old drink <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cow-milk.html/">whole milk</a>. Then, if their growth is steady, it's safe to switch to low-fat or nonfat (skim) milk.</p> <p>Note: Kids at risk of becoming <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/overweight-obesity.html/">overweight</a> can be switched to lower-fat milk before turning 2.</p> <p>Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your child's growth or nutritional needs.</p>
CalciumMilk and other calcium-rich foods help build strong, healthy bones. But most kids and teens don't get enough calcium. Here's how to make sure that yours do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/calcium.html/5f5a41cc-5bcd-48de-ae3b-beae69d5eceb
Does Nonfat Milk Provide the Same Nutrients as Whole Milk?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skinny-skim-milk.html/efe93a3a-a2f5-4989-80c6-67721270427e
Feeding Your 1- to 2-Year-OldToddlers have little tummies, so serve foods that are packed with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong, and limit the sweets and empty calories.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feed12yr.html/6bfff690-c633-480f-83f3-dcf985f77294
Lactose IntoleranceMany kids have lactose intolerance - trouble digesting lactose, the main sugar in milk and milk products - which can cause cramps, diarrhea, and gas.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lactose.html/d021ff67-64d2-4238-8615-13b33c814d6f
Mouth and TeethOur mouth and teeth play an important role in our daily lives. Here's a course on the basics - including common problems of the mouth and teeth.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mouth-teeth.html/3814b8a3-0a0d-454d-a21c-c1908dbbd25f
Nutrition Guide for ToddlersWhile growth slows somewhat during the toddler years, it's a new era where kids will eat and drink more independently.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddler-food.html/774434a1-8fe8-4977-87c9-84f158ec4fff
kh:age-toddlerOneToThreekh:clinicalDesignation-gastroenterologyAndNutritionWeightManagementkh:genre-qAndAkh:primaryClinicalDesignation-gastroenterologyAndNutritionWeightManagementNutrition Q&Ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/nutrition-center/q-a/94cfc09a-8659-49ff-bbda-0abfe4b633b1Nutrition & Fitness Q&Ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/question/nutrition/b777f7c2-3062-4bc3-906f-848b4143c2e7