Doctor: Don’t rely only on milk for kids’ nutrients

Doctor: Don’t rely only on milk for kids’ nutrients


MARLEE:..BABIES AND MILK JUST GO TOGETHER.BUT DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN GIVE YOUR BABY TOO MUCH MILK?THE CONSEQUENCES CAN PUT THEIR HEALTH IN DANGER. THEY’RE ACTUALLY SEEING CHILDREN AFFECTED BY TOO MUCH MILK SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AT HELEN DEVOS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.NEW AT 7 – EMILY LINNERT FOUND OUT HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH. 3 3 (BILL BUSH/PEDIATRICIAN -IN-CHIEF HELEN DEVOS CHILDRENS HOSPITAL: “YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY GIVE YOUR KID TOO MUCH MILK.”)STRAIGHT FROM THE DOCTOR’S MOUTH. PEDIATRICIAN-IN-CHIEF BILL BUSH SAYS THE MILK OVERDOSE COMES IN TWO FORMS. (BILL BUSH: “THE PROBLEM CAN BE, COWS MILK CAN BE INTRODUCED TOO EARLY AND THAT CAN CAUSE A PROBLEM.”) (BILL BUSH: “BUT THEN THE BIGGER ISSUE IS HAVING TOO MUCH MILK BETWEEN THE TRANSITION OF BEING DONE BREASTFEEDING AND THE AGE OF TWO OR THREE.”)IT’S NOT WHAT MILK HAS BUT WHAT IT DOESN’T HAVE.MILK IS VERY LOW IN IRON. AND A LACK OF IRON CAN LEAD TO ANEMIA. 3 (BILL BUSH: “SO WHEN KIDS ARE INSTEAD OF EATING A PROPERLY BALANCED FOOD, THEY’RE DRINKING MILK AS THEIR NUTRIENTS, THEY START TO QUICKLY LOSE THAT IRON STORE IN THEIR BODY AND BECOME ANEMIC.”)DR. BUSH SAYS THE CONDITION HAS 3 LANDED SOME TODDLERS IN THE I- C-U. SOME DOCTORS WILL SCREEN BABIES AT 1 YEAR OLD TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVEN’T DEVELOPED ANEMIA.FOR THOSE TODDLERS WHO AREN’T SCREENED AND END UP SICK– THEIR PARENTS HAVE QUESTIONS. (BILL BUSH: “THEY ARE VERY SURPRISED BECAUSE THEY THINK MILK’S GREAT. WHY CAN’T I GIVE MY KID MILK?”)AND MILK IS GREAT. IT’S FULL OF PROTEIN AND CALCIUM AND A NUMBER OF OTHER GOOD FOR YOU NUTRIENTS. BABIES AND TODDLERS SHOULD HAVE MILK. BETWEEN 8 AND 20 OUNCES A DAY BETWEEN THE AGES OF ONE AND TWO YEARS OLD. 3 (BILL BUSH: “WE REALLY TALK ABOUT DOING MILK WITH MEALS. MILK WITH BREAKFAST, MILK WITH LUNCH, MILK WITH DINNER AND MOST KIDS AREN’T GOING TO FINISH THAT MILK ANYWAY.”)DR. BUSH SAYS IN THE E-R THEY SOMETIMES SEE TODDLERS WHO ARE GETTING 20, 30 EVEN 40 OUNCES OF MILK A DAY. THAT’S TOO MUCH AND CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS PROBLEMS. (BUSH: “IF YOU HAVE LOW AMOUNT OF THOSE RED BLOOD CELLS CARRYING OXYGEN TO YOUR TISSUES INCLUDING YOUR BRAIN IT STARTS TO AFFECT YOUR COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT.”)EMILY LINNERT, 24 HR NEWS 8 3

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