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Doctor insights on: Starting To Feed Baby Solids

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When should I start feeding my baby solid food?

When should I start feeding my baby solid food?

6 months or later: Most babies are ready to eat solids once they are about 6 months of age. This is the age they reach for things, able to transfer objects from hand to hand and put things in the mouth. They also start teething about this time. Start with rice cereal. ...Read more

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Y feed babies solids at 6 months if they are fine starting at 4? And used to feed at 4 for centuries

Y feed babies solids at 6 months if they are fine starting at 4? And used to feed at 4 for centuries

New data: We have the advantage of living in a modern age of information; we now know that babies do just as well - in fact, better - if feeding of solid foods is delayed until 6 months. Only breast milk should be given during the first six months. ...Read more

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When can you start feeding solid foods to an infant?

When can you start feeding solid foods to an infant?

Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more

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There is not much info about iugr babies why do they have issues with feeding? Should I expect my iugr baby to start solids like normal babies?

There is not much info about iugr babies why do they have issues with feeding? Should I expect my iugr baby to start solids like normal babies?

IUGR: Iugr can be caused by alot of different things. The iugr can also affect different parts of your baby and their development. So, not all iugr babies are exactly alike when it comes to feeding. Some feed just fine and I would assume yours will also. You can offer solids (soft foods like fruit or rice cereal) at anywhere from 4 months to 6 months and see how your baby does. ...Read more

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My five month old does not seem intrested in solids I have been feeding him a little cereal and some avocados when are babies usually ready for solids?

My five month old does not seem intrested in solids I have been feeding him a little cereal and some avocados when are babies usually ready for solids?

Stop: No where in the world would a new mother be recommended to be giving such a young baby solid food. This is not appropriate. Please stop. Then, please contact your baby's doctor to learn when to start this. You are increasing the risk of life long allergy, respiratory diseases and childhood obesity. Please stop. ...Read more

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When should you introduce solids to an infant?

When should you introduce solids to an infant?

Depends: In a baby who is meeting developmental milestones and has no underlying medical conditions that would prohibit introduction of solid foods, the earliest they should be introduced is between age 4-6 months. Breastmilk or formula should still be the main source of calories at this age. Make an appointment with your pediatrician to talk about how to introduce solids and to see if your baby is ready. ...Read more

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I'm in the dark. Please tell me how to start babies on solids?

I'm in the dark. Please tell me how to start babies on solids?

At 6 months: The american academy of pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for ~6 mos. & continuing until 12 mos. Nurse a little first if she's really hungry. Then switch to small half-spoonfuls of pureed food of your choice & talk her through it. Yum, good! Respect her cues for hunger/satiety. Feed her during family meals. Introduce new foods every 2-3 days. See below. ...Read more

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What are the best and safest solid foods for babies?

What are the best and safest solid foods for babies?

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 more

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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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At what age should an infant be given solid baby food?

At what age should an infant be given solid baby food?

Start solids @ 6 mo: The american academy of pediatrics recommends exclusive breast (or formula) feeding until 6 months. Solids can be introduced at 6 months: usually cereals, vegetables, fruits are started first. ...Read more

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What is the earliest an infant can start eating solid foods?

What is the earliest an infant can start eating solid foods?

Birth, but: Fifty years ago some kids were fed solids as soon as they got home because the home made formula was better for cows than babies. Noe that breast feeding or modern formulas are here, they do not need anything for the first year. Most recommend they start after they can sit up and the tongue thrust fades at 6mo. Early feedings risk hospitalization for food reactions, later, not so risky. ...Read more

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Can u Give A 5 Month Old Infant solid foods?

Can u Give A 5 Month Old Infant solid foods?

6 months: Years ago, breastfeading was frowned on & many made "formula" from boiled cow milk&karo. Since cow milk is designed for calves, infants were fed early & often to make up for deficiences in cow milk. Now that breast is back, or formulas mimic breast, solids are optional. The sitting child is more capable of participating & few sit before 6m. Babies can wait past a year and thrive. ...Read more

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Which foods can cause allergies to babies, when they start solid foods (6 months)?

Which foods can cause allergies to babies, when they start solid foods (6 months)?

Different strokes..: There are foods that tend to be more allergenic, but for any individual infant, the rules may not hold true. That's why you introduce foods one at a time, and watch and see if any type of reaction. But in general, seafood, nut containing foods, citrus and eggs and egg containing foods have more potentials towards allergies and should be introduced later rather than sooner. ...Read more

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When is the right time to start solids for babies. Any signs I should be aware of? My baby girl is 5 and a half months now.

When is the right time to start solids for babies. Any signs I should be aware of? My baby girl is 5 and a half months now.

Start of solids: The american academy of pediatrics recommends 6 months. A more flexible schedule is 3-6 months or 13-16 pounds, whichever comes first. ...Read more

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I started giving my 5 week old baby infant Gaviscon two days ago. Since then, his poos have become quite solid. Is that ok? Thank you

I started giving my 5 week old baby infant Gaviscon two days ago. Since then, his poos have become quite solid. Is that ok? Thank you

Bowel Movements: Generally speaking, as long as your baby is reasonably comfortable while having a bowel movement, we don't have to worry to much about the form. ...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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What causes yellow noisy watery poop in breastfed babies? I know its normal but I'm just curious why it's not solid & brown.

What causes yellow noisy watery poop in breastfed babies? I know its normal but I'm just curious why it's not solid & brown.

Breast milk: Is the ideal food for babies. As such, most of it is absorbed in the GI tract, leaving little left over to form a solid stool. Color is dependant on the type of food ingested, how fast it moves through the intestine and the overall functioning of the gallbladder. ...Read more

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When to feed a baby solids and what is best?

When to feed a baby solids and what is best?

6 months: Years ago, breastfeading was frowned on & many made "formula" from boiled cow milk. Since cow milk is designed for calves, infants were fed early & often to make up for deficiences in cow milk. Now that breast is back, or formulas mimic breast, solids are optional. The sitting child is more capable of participating & few sit before 6m. Babies can wait past a year and thrive. Rice cereal to start. ...Read more

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Please give advice on how to feed a baby solids?

Please give advice on how to feed a baby solids?

Opinion varies: I believe that feeding solids should be done only when a baby is developmentally ready, the solids nutritional content should be balanced in proteins, fats and carbs, the food should not be overly processed as to have an indiscriminate texture, and should exclude honey until a year and true peanut butter until choking is less of a risk. ...Read more