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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Debreciner Rov - Do Children Need To Wait Between Meat & Milk?

The Be'er Moshe (8:36) paskens that before the age of 3 years old there is no reason to wait between meat and milk. You may give a child milk as soon as the child finishes eating meat as long as their mouth is clean from meat. After age 3 he says you should wait one hour gradually increasing to 2 and 3 hours until age 6. At age 6 a child should wait the full 6 hours if that is his family's Minhag, unless the child is weak and only wants milk as opposed to other beverages. In that case he says 3 hours is enough until age 9.

He quotes the opinion of the Yagel Yaakov (2:88) that until the age of 9, three hours is enough. More lenient yet is the Chelkas Yaakov (2:16) who says that a child need not wait the full six hours until age 12. However, says the Be'er Moshe, it is not the Minhag today to follow these lenient opinions.

Importnat Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.