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Age to start health drink for kids?

Discussion in 'Baby / Kids Foods' started by Deepas, May 18, 2009.

  1. Deepas

    Deepas New IL'ite

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    Hi,

    My son is 1 year old. I was giving him formula. For the past 1 week I have
    started giving him cows milk. I am wondering what is the correct age to start giving health drinks like complan or pediasure to my son?
    Could anyone pls guide?

    Thanks,
    Deepa.
     
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  2. sunitha

    sunitha Gold IL'ite

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    In India,I think you can start with Junior Horlicks at 1 yr.Here,for my 15 mnth old,I give a pinch of Complan/Horlicks/Ovaltine/Bournvita/Boost sometimes with his milk when I feel he has not had a full meal.Otherwise,it is usually plain milk only.It is always good to introduce them to a little variety now and then.
     
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  3. tikka

    tikka Gold IL'ite

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    I think the pediasure reco is for 2 to 6 years and I think this has something to do with WHO recommendation that no milk substitutes be marketed for children below the age of two - WHO recommends that the child be breastfed for at least two years till as long as both mother and child desire, so targetting that population for milk substitutes/health drinks is banned in India under the Infant Milk Substitutes Act.
    But, if you have reasons to believe your child is undernourished go ahead and give pediasure. But I dont think it will help with micronutrient deficiencies - food is the best way of dealing with that! Hope that helps.
     

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