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Q&A: Warm or Cold Milk?

by Dr. Christine Wood, M.D | 8 Comments

Q. I have a question about my 1 year old son. His mom gives him cold milk from the time he wakes up to the time he goes back to sleep. Is it healthy to give him cold substance all day? Shouldn't he have something warm in the morning? Also will too much whole milk mess up his digestive system? Can you give me some ideas of what to feed him for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

A.I would not be concerned about the fact that is cold, but too much milk can suppress the appetite for other foods and excess milk can induce iron deficiency because of lack of other foods. For a one year old, recommendations are for about 16-24 ounces of dairy (includes all forms of dairy) a day to meet their calcium requirements. For meals, he should be getting a variety of fresh foods: fruits, vegetables, grains. He can take eggs, tofu or soft meats for protein sources. His meals should generally be following the Food Guide Pyramid, although 1 year olds can be picky and their appetite can fluctuate, so be patient.

Dr. Christine Wood is a practicing pediatrician in Southern California. She is the author of "How to Get Kids to Eat Great and Love It," a book that addresses the issues of why and how to feed kids healthy.

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Ceecee Contreras Jul 30, 2017 03:08:29 AM ET

My son drinks cold milk all day everyday. i give him little pieces of food so he can try them, he will chew a little but spits it out. at the same time i'm trying to lay him off the bottle as well.

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Tabitha Jan 13, 2013 04:43:26 AM ET

My son just turned a year old ive been trying to get him to drink cold things but he just dont seem interested. he will spit it out. all he wants is formula warm all day every day. but he will drink room temp liquids out of a reg cup sometimes.. like if he sees me drinking something.

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Tara Aug 31, 2012 11:51:47 PM ET

My 11 mnth old likes to put little pieces of stuff in his mouth , i make sure i clean the house every day to prevent germs from spreading , is there a reason why he does this? , i also would like to know what can i use to clean his tongue because sometimes i take a bad odour in his mouth is that a main concern or is that caused by the food that he eats?

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Rick Mar 29, 2011 12:07:30 AM ET

Should i warm the milk up every time i give it to my 21 month old son or let it get to room temp before giving it to him. or give it to him cold only during the day time

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Rick Mar 29, 2011 12:03:41 AM ET

I have a son 21 months old and he throws up alot, when he gets excited or upset. also after he falls asleep my wife said he only throws up after he drinks cold milk and then goes to sleep. could the cold milk make his stomic upset after he falls to sleep

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janessa uribe Oct 27, 2010 12:07:31 PM ET

I have a question about my 1 yr.old daughter she has a cold at the moment and i was wondering if giving her her milk will affect her more with how congested she is?. is there anyway i can give her diluted gatorade?

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Mike Feb 26, 2009 08:06:42 PM ET

My babysmomma just started to warm maci's, my daughter's, whole milk bottle in the micro. i think that is bad. she doe's not. what is the correct answer???

juju Jan 16, 2013 05:52:20 PM ET

Its not a good idea to microwave anything for babies and young children. the microwave makes some areas of food and drinks extremely hot. babies can get severely burned just because the bottle feels okay doesn't mean its not hot in the middle where you cant feel it

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