Hello. I want to ask. My child is 2 months old and is supposed to drink 0-6 months of formula milk. But because at that time I was in a hurry so I bought wrong and bought for the age of 6-12 months. Is it okay and is it safe for my child to drink 6-12 months old formula milk while my child is only 2 months old? Please enlighten me. Thanks.
Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Milk sold in the market, indeed often divides its brand into a certain age range, such as under 6 months, under 1 year, and so on. This division is often not without reason.
The general reason is quite simple, that the older the child is, the more his nutritional needs are for his daily life. Children aged over 6 months, the nutritional content in their milk needs more complex, diverse, and more than under 6 months. This is why special milk is made at this age range. A clearer illustration, you who are adults would need more nutrition than just consuming milk throughout the day. Sometimes you need vegetables, meat, and other complex foods such as grilled chicken, crackers and chili sauce. Now try to imagine that you are giving food to a 6 month old child, certainly not right. So once again, there are indeed age restrictions in feeding. We cannot jump by giving what is not part of it because it is not the time yet.
So back to the case of your child, if a younger child is given milk to an older child, it is feared that the contents of the milk are too excessive for him. Sebalilnya, if older children are given milk for younger children, it is feared that their nutritional needs will not be met. Therefore, we do not recommend that you give the milk to your child, considering that the best food for him is not even formula milk, but breast milk.
If you still want to give the milk, at least consult your pediatrician first, so that the doctor can see the contents that are on the packaging and assess, whether the actual difference in content can still be tolerated by your child or not. But our advice, to make it more concise, you should just buy new milk. So, hopefully answering your question.