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What are the benefits of prolonging solid food for babies?

What are the benefits of prolonging solid food for babies?

Breast milk/formula: are all that is needed until infants are at least 4-6 months old. Early introduction of solids has been associated with food allergies and over feeding and obesity. Breast feeding protects against diarrhea illness Also, some high fiber foods may cause diarrhea, gas, cramps. After 6 months, milk may not provide enough iron for blood and muscle growth, so foods that contain iron are recommended. ...Read more

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I have a 8 month old daughter. I started solid food(homemade) 2 months back. Should i add salt to her food? People say I should not add salt to babies food as the amount of sodium babies need is already there in the formula. She is on similac and the sod

I have a 8 month old daughter. I started solid food(homemade) 2 months back. Should i add  salt to her food? People say I should not add salt to babies food as the amount of sodium babies need is already there in the formula. She is on similac and the sod

It's true!: No need to add additional salt to infant foods. She is getting her salt requirements through formula and baby food. Adding salt will only cause her to acquire a taste for it, which in the long run is unhealthy. Additionally, excess salt at this age could cause electrolyte imbalances in her small body, which can have serious consequences. ...Read more

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When and how to feed solid food to baby?

When and how to feed solid food to baby?

Guidelines: When an infant has enough upper body control to indicate hunger and satiety, is taking > 32 oz. Of formula/day or nursing > 8-10 times/day, & is 4-6 months of age. Use single-ingredient baby foods, don't start with the sweet stuff. Blend " people food ", especially if you can hold off till 6 months. A beaba works well, but is expensive. If baby spits food back out, the meal is over. ...Read more

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When to feed solid food to baby with no teeth?

When to feed solid food to baby with no teeth?

Ask Pediatrician: Follow your pediatrician's advice. Remember, even when 1st baby teeth erupt child still can't chew, only bite. Your pediatrician will have specific recommendations for you to follow. ...Read more

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When should I start my baby on solid food?

When should I start my baby on solid food?

4 months of age: In general, i give my patients the green light to start solid foods when their baby reaches 4 months. Keep in mind that some babies, especially preemies, may not be developmentally ready for this. By solid foods I am referring to jar baby foods, or foods that you will puree yourself at home. A food should be introduced and given for a minimum of 3 days to watch for allergies. ...Read more

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I'd really like to know when and how to start solid food for baby?

I'd really like to know when and how to start solid food for baby?

Ask your doctor: Best to ask your pediatricain first. Start slowly. Solid food will change their digestion so be prepared. They may have food allergies. Solid food does increase the time between feedings and can help them sleep longer at night. Be sure to get the weean off the bottle by age 1. Start with tippi cups by 1o months to prevent cavities. Only water in bottles when they are sleeping. ...Read more

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Should my formula fed baby take poly-vi-sol or wait until he is on solid food only?

Should my formula fed baby take poly-vi-sol or wait until he is on solid food only?

Baby vitamins: Babies get their vitamins from formula except the breast fed babies need vit d supplements.I recommend my babies to start polyvisol IG they live in an area whare thereis flouride in the tap water at age of 4 months.If they need suplements of flouride i will give them polyflor vitamins i agree with most who are opposed to supplemnting vitamins, but as long as you dont use mega doses, no harm will com. ...Read more

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How do you know when and how much solid food to feed your baby? He's 4 months already.

How do you know when and how much solid food to feed your baby? He's 4 months already.

Delay until 6mo: Solid foods were once used to make up for deficiencies in home made milk formula used in the 50's to 80's.A return to breast FDG & modern formulas changed the value of solids from nutrition, to a pathway to teach baby to eat & transition to table foods.Waiting until 6m allows baby to sit & participate in a feeding, much as the will when older.Start with a few tablespoons as a paste. ...Read more

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What i can do if my baby don't want to take hotchpotch or any solid food? My baby's age 9.11 months.

What i can do if my baby don't want to take hotchpotch or any solid food? My baby's age 9.11 months.

See your pedi: I have no idea what hotch potch is but if your baby is that age and is not eating any solid food you need to see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How much solid food should I feed my baby?

Let the Baby Decide: There are many variables. The aap recommends no solids until 4-6 months of age.Starting 1 food at a time for 3-4 days to observe possible negative reactions is traditional.Cereal is first, followed by other solids in no specific order.As for quantity, when you have to urge the baby to eat, they are usually done.Remember, there is little evidence as to what is actually the " right" way! ...Read more

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