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When 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My 8 m o baby girl doesn't like solid food and i don't force feed. Could it be that she is teething coz off late the problem has become acute?
Yes: She is within the age range for teething. I wouldnt force feed her becuase that will cause more harm than good. As long as your child is getting adeqate nutrition (appropriate number of wet diapers etc...) i wouldnt be concerned. If her feeding habits have dropped significantly it may be worth having her see her md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My 4 month old baby is no longer being satisfied by breastmilk; what solid food are okay to feed him?
I feed my 4 month old baby near 10 to 12 times a day. He always hungry. May i give any solid food to him?
Define hungry: You don't need permission to feed your baby.We don't recommend solids before 6m but this varies with the doc. If your kid consumes > 32 oz formula/day, solids may be needed. Some misread a kids finger or pacifier use as indication of hunger, it is not. The pleasure of chewing, sucking, nail biting, etc. Is a self soothing skill. If your kid is fluffy you may want to slow the feeds. ...Read more
My baby has completed 4 months now . Till date she us on mother feed now what else solid food can I giv to the baby.
Breastfeeding: Your baby will be ready for solids when she is able to take a spoon in her mouth without pushing it out. It is okay to wait to give solids til baby is 6 mos old. There is no need for early solid food introduction. ...Read more
My 9 month old baby girl is breastfed but not feeding well on solids. Any tips on best solid food that can be given to her and the quantity required?
Real foods: Some babies at this age are just not interested in purees; try very small pieces of soft, whole foods (banana, avocado, other fruits and veggies) to see if she's more interested in those. There's no quantity "required" at all - if the issue continues, consider having her checked for oral texture defensiveness by a speech/feeding specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Baby food: Yes, most babies will tolerate grains like rice, wheat, and oats with formula as of 4 to 6 months as well as vegies and fruits. I suggest introducing foods with a test dose of one spoon the first day and then watching for any reaction over 24 hours. If none, i suggest giving as much as your baby wants. Thereafter. ...Read more
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
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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