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Best First Food For Babies
Constipation: Soy formulas are usually more constipating that others, but the opposite can be true as well! The only way to figure out which formula is best for a baby's digestive tendencies is by experience. It can take up to two weeks after a formula change for the results to be known, so rapid formula changes is best avoided. A common trial sequence is: cows milk based, lactose-free, soy, elemental. ...Read more
Rice cereal: When starting solid foods, the best first food would be the most hypoallergenic, baby whole grain rice cereal. You can follow this up with other whole grains like baby oatmeal cereal or mixed grains, then pureed vegetables and fruit (stage 1 baby foods). ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
What minerals to look for in a formula milk that gives best nutrition for my baby? 4 mos3weks.Torn bet s26gold & enfamil..pls help
Formula choices: The best formula for one baby may not be the best for another. Four levels of standard formula : milk based, lactose free, soy, hypoallergenic. It is generally recommended to start with a milk based product (Similac, Enfamil and Goodstart are reputable brands) provided there is no strong concern for lactose deficiency or milk protein allergy. ...Read more
A common choice: Rice cereal is a common early solid due to its low frequency of allergic reactions.The actual first solid may be something mashed up from the dinner table. I encourage parents to only try the common staple foods they normally use. ...Read more
Depends...: Depends on age and other factors. In general, pureed vegetables and cereals come before meats and dairy (other than breast or formula); single ingredients before mixed; no-no's include: chunks (choking hazard), honey (botulism), eggs/fish/seafood (more allergenic), salt and sugar (addictive), and juices (juice is a fruit from which all good stuff has been removed.). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good, balanced diet: All over the world, women breastfeed their babies just fine. These women have very different diets from one another, yet as long as they eat balanced diets with a good variety of foods, they should do well with their breastfeeding. A breastfeeding mom may choose to avoid a food that she suspects is causing a change in a baby's behavior, and should discuss this with the doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most are safe: From the time when babies are sitting to when they walk is a marvelous opportunity to introduce many flavors of foods (www.Drgreene.Com/colorin). Kids with g6pd deficiency should avoid fava beans. Some kids - depending on their variant - should also avoid blueberries (& yogurts containing them), soy, other legumes, some chinese herbs, or tonic water (not great for babies anyway). I love g6pd.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breast milk!!!: Far and away the best food for a 6 mo. old is breast milk, which can provide virtually all nutrient needs & is what nature intended. If you're no longer breastfeeding use formula but I strongly advise organic formula. This is a good time to introduce solid foods as pureed organic vegetables like squash, zucchini & peas. Pureed berries OK. Avoid sweet fruits & grains to reduce craving for sweets. ...Read more
What is a good first food to start my 6-month-old on? He's exclusively breastfed so far. Strong family history of severe food allergies (anaphylaxis).
Slow introduction: There are many recommendations regarding first foods. Rice cereal ( major brand ) mixed with breastmilk, and then introduction of one type of baby food every 3-4 days will allow you to closely observe for any possible reactions. Reactions to watch for at this age include very subtle changes in behavior, feeding, rash and breathing difficulty. If any of these occur, an ED visit is recommended. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it already ok for me to start with solid foods for my four month old baby? And what r the best food to feed ?
I wait until sitting: Studies of various populations show that breast milk alone supplies balanced nutrition for the first year +. Most early solid feeding pressure comes from the days babies were fed home made blends of boiled cow milk/karo & vitamins.At the time early supplements made sense, now they are overdone.Starting should focus on training baby to sit up & eat in preparation for his/her position at the table. ...Read more
What are some things to keep in mind when introducing solid foods to a toddler for the first time?
Whats the best food to eat after taking penicilin for two weeks to put some good bacteria back in the gut?
Several:: 1. Let her get hungry! 2. Juice is fruit with everything good tossed out. Give fruit, not juice. 3. Let her get hungry! 4. No choke hazards! 5. There are no magic foods that absolutely every child has to eat. 6. Let her get hungry! 7. If a grandparent disagrees with any of the above, tell the grandparent (politely) to butt out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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