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Brain Development Solid Foods For A Baby
Is there an age when a breastfed baby "needs" to be eating solid food to receive proper nutrition?
Culturally driven: There are some aboriginal cultures that totally BF to age 2 .This is probably a good idea where safe water is rare. But these kids are often quite picky and resistant to new items. Studies show the benefits of BF begin to fade some by 8-9 mo, and our culture drives us to get the kid to the table when they can sit well. It is hard to maintain proper iron intake without some solids by that time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Personal choice: If you are having to chase baby down at feeding time or they wiggle to get free after 5min/side, you have a baby who likes the nutrition but doesn't need the nurturing bf provides.Weaning or supplementing is your call but at that point it is likely to go well. Solids are unnecessary for nutrition, but fill the cultural expectation we have that baby will table feed at a yr. 6m is a good start point. ...Read more
Have an 18M old daughter. She's eating more and more grown up food. What is the optimal balance of vitamins and minerals for her age. Planning meals:)?
Healthy eating: It is best to focus on types of foods rather than specific vitamins and minerals. Most vitamins and minerals can be found in a wide variety of foods. If your child is eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and good protein sources, she is going to have no problem getting sufficient vitamins and minerals. If she only eats chicken nuggets, she would need a multivitamin. ...Read more
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
Personal choice: Nutritionally, it's not necessary. Natural weaning occurs ~ 12 mos., at which time a tot can drink from an open-mouthed cup & needs only 16-21 oz of milk & milk products/day.At 15 months she'll be set in her ways, so you'll experience behavioral issues when you try to wean at two. Allow your baby to develop independent self-feeding & other skills that a 1-2 yr.Old should master, even if you nurse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any: Any fruit is fine, as well as vegetables. Some people prefer organic foods, because of no fertilizer use. ...Read more
The usual...: The nutrients are the same as adults, but different quantities. The baby needs proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The fat calories should be roughly about 1/3-1/2 of the calories, and the remainder divided up between the remaining two. They need vitamins, micronutrients and iron. All of these can be obtained by drinking adequate infant formula. If breast feeding exclusively, needs vitamin d added. ...Read more
No: By definition, the infant with anencephaly went through the stages of fetal development without major brain parts.The primitive tissues of forebrain development come together to form a brain, or not, well before a month into fetal life. It cannot start over. Anencephaly patients can live a day or two under some circumstances but most pass shortly after birth if not prior to delivery. ...Read more
Vitamin E and Folic : Food high in vitamin e and Folic Acid help decrease red blood cell breakdown in g6pd. Definitely avoid fava beans since they are a known cause of red blood cell breakdown in the blood. Mom could be careful to chose for herself milk formulas which have no traces of soy or soya beans since soy and red wine, and blueberries could trigger g6pd. ...Read more
When baby needs solid food in what month?If the baby eat breastmilk and formula ?Please send me table of baby food
How much solid and liquid food does a 11 month old breast feeding baby on an average takes per day.my baby is very lean?
Calories : Most babies by one year have tripled their birth weight. That is your goal. Calorie wise a one year old of average weight is eating about 1000 calories per day. This comes as 3-4 solid meals a day and 3-4 bottles of formula. At one year babies can switch to regular milk if they are growing. If your baby is less in weight or calories continue formula. See your doctor for further advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will following a ketogenic diet while breastfeeding adversely affect my 8 month old daughter? She is a good eater and eats a variety of solids.
Constant ketosis: In light of the fact that your infant "is a good eater and eats a variety of solids", breast feeding her while on the ketogenic diet probably will not harm the baby. However, it may have detrimental effects on your health and energy levels. Our body needs carbs to perform normal day functions. Importance of a well balanced diet cannot be overemphasized. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What possible complications can there be for a newborn baby who's mother eats a lot of sugar and processed foods?
Hard to say: The human reproductive system is capable of tolerating a variety of dietary patterns. It can select and extract the nutritional needs of the fetus from the mother whether she is consuming a proper diet or not. That said, this describes the dietary practices of a segment of the normal population who have normal babies every day in the US. ...Read more
Complicated: In the early months/years family care will give the child more individual attention. Older toddlers/children can benefit from the social stimulation of daycare. The decision has to be what's best for your family emotional/economically. First two sons home cared by father - second set daycare and I see no difference in their development. Be sure to research a daycare facility thoroughly. http://www.livestrong.com/article/72423-daycare-vs.-stay-home-parent/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can raising a premature baby's feeding from 19cc to 30 cc play a part in the baby getiting necrotizing enterocolitis?
Constipation?: What is considered constipation? Sometimes a child may not have a bowel movement for a few days while breast fed. This can be normal. I don't recommend a change in your diet at this time. Please consult with your childs pediatrician to further evaluate his condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is an average sleeping spo2 of 92% acceptable for an infant's brain development? Is there an optimal spo2 range for brain development?
92% is fine!: Over 90% is just fine so don't worry. Do discuss your concerns about your baby w/ the pediatrician. Premmies do raise parents anxiety, but try to do the hard task of finding the just right spot of care/comfort. When you ask for and get good info from the Dr. use it to do the right stuff and relax. I wish you all well! ...Read more
Which is better for a 3 year old picky eater a multivitamin or pedisure nutrition drink? On top of nutritional meals
Whole food vitamin : I like whole food vitamins that give you the equivalent of several servings of fruits and veggies. Good healthy foods should be presented with no ability to "place order" ( unless allergies ). Limit drinks as kids can fill up on milk and juice and not experience hunger. Make a healthy smoothie at home if needed. Find high calorie nutrient dense foods so do not need large quantity to be consumed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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