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What Is The First Food For Babies
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
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
Babies first foods: For the average baby with no issues solid foods are usually startede at 4-6 months. Baby cereals such as rice, oatmeal, barley fortified with rice are started first. I usually recommend veggies next since they are less sweet than fruits, then lastly meats stage one. New foods(one at a time) are given for 4days early in the day or at lunch time to make sure there are no reactions or allergies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unsafe foods: Do not give honey to an infant under 1 yr of age due to risk of botulism. Other unsafe foods include raisins, hot dogs cut in circles that are choking hazards. Hard foods the size of a infant's finger are also choking hazards. Avoid soy, cow or goat milk in babies under 1 yr of age. Use instead breastmilk or formula for infants under one year of age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Y here in canada they recommend to introduce food to babies at 6 months? Any everywhere else they start at 4 months? When should I start?
Breast or Formula: Breast milk is best, but commercial formulas are fine for babies with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency. Sulfa drugs, acetaminophen, and anti-malarial medications should be avoided, and as the child ages, fava beans must not be eaten and other legumes should be introduced with caution. Vitamin c, 60-100 mg/day, can help preserve glutathione in this condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Around 6 months: Short answer: when an infant has enough upper body control to indicate hunger and satiety, has doubled his birth weight, & can push the food from the spoon to his throat.However, the american academy of pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition till about 6 months & continuing till 12 months. See "nutrition:what every parent needs to know" on www.Aap.Org. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Around 6 months: Short answer: when an infant has enough upper body control to indicate hunger and satiety, has doubled his birth weight, & can push the food from the spoon to his throat.However, the american academy of pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition till about 6 months & continuing till 12 months. See "nutrition:what every parent needs to know" on www.Aap.Org. ...Read more
4-6 months of age: Generally we prefer to wait until the infant is older before starting solids. Everything they need nutritionally is in breast milk or formula. When starting, begin with baby cereal and then move onto green/yellow veges. Avoid fruits for awhile as the tastebuds of an infant are very keen on sweets. Fruit intro before veges may lead to the child resisting the veges. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessary early: During the 50's & 60's when moms made their own cow milk based formula, it was important to feed solids to make up for the deficiencies of cow milk.Today the breast or commercial formula fed babies need no solids the first year. We have a need to teach them the different skills needed to feed solids & most are ready @ 6m when they start sitting with assistance. This is a good time to start. ...Read more
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