Tuesday, December 12

Are Your Babies Ready For Solid Foods?

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The following are six (6) stages in making food transition:

1. GETTING STARTED. Most paediatrician and the American Academy of Paediatrics recommend advise bringing in solid foods to babies between four (4) and six (6) months of age. That’s when they begin to lose the tongue-thrust or extrusion reflex, which is important for sucking the breast or bottle but interferes with feeding.

2. MOVING FROM PUREE TO CHUNKS. Breaking babies’ food is a process – apparently, babies must not go directly to rice cereal to raisin bran. However, after the first few weeks of adjusting to eating rather than drinking his food, your baby must be able to manage a little texture in solids.

                Gradually, introduce new texture. Good hors d’oeuvre is smashed bananas or avocados. You can also buy “staged” baby foods – these developments from smooth puree of stage one (1) to the slightly thicker stage two (2) and then the chunkier stage three (3).

3.  SITTING HIGH. As soon as babies are prepared to eat solid foods – babies can sit well with support their head and neck – babies are now prepared to sit in a high chair. The chair straps and plate will help the babies in position.

4. MANAGING FINGER FOODS. Babies from seven (7) to eleven (months) old more often tell you that they are prepared to eat these kinds of foods by trying to grab them from you. However, there is no harm in letting younger babies attempt finger foods.

                At first (1st) babies “rake” foods into their hand, but soon they improve the “pincer grasp” that let them pick up tiny object between their thumb and forefinger. Just then, your baby can become a professional in self feeding.

                Food that is healthy and nutritious can be a finger food as long as it cuts into small pieces; for instance, diced pasta; small piece of well-cooked vegetables such as peas, zucchini, or carrots; and pea-sized bites of chicken or soft-meat.

5. USING SPOONS. As soon as babies regulate to being supplied with a spoon, babies are now interested in spoon, and attempt to shove into their mouth themselves. Some babies don’t learn to use a spoon efficiently until their first birthday, however that doesn’t mean you can’t allow a younger baby give it a whirl for practice. Offer the baby a soft-tipped spoon to hold while you feed the baby with another. The baby will get used in the spoon himself and you will be surely distracted from reaching for yours.

6. INTRODUCING ALLERGENIC FOODS. Most Paediatricians still suggest waiting until children are one (1) year or older before offering them certain foods that are highly allergenic; for instance, chicken, eggs, fish. But recently, study doesn’t provides any benefit to waiting past a specific age to present these foods unless parents have an essential family history of food allergies or other reasons to consider your baby might be inclined to them.

                There is no facts that presenting extremely allergenic foods before age one (1) makes children any more likely to be allergic for babies, The American Academy of Paediatrics now concludes that it’s fine to give these foods before one (1) year. Several paediatricians continue to be very careful concerning peanuts and shells, however, because allergic reactions to these foods can be particularly risky.

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