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If your little one is between four and six months, chances are he is ready to take a (toothless) stab at solids. Sure it will be (adorably) messy, but these tips should help you both navigate the brave new world of actual food.
Nutritional Needs of Babies
New mums always have a lot on their minds, including dishing out the best foods for their little ones. The happy news is that it is pretty easy to provide the nutrients babies require once you learn what they are.
Must-Have Baby Nutrient: Iron
Baby cereals and formula are iron-fortified for a good reason. Not only does this mineral play an essential role in the production of hemoglobin but iron also helps brain development. Including building memory and motor skills. Make sure your baby gets his 11 milligrams a day. Offer him iron-fortified cereal or formula as well other iron-rich foods. That includes meat, fish, chicken, eggs, avocado, spinach, and broccoli.
Question: “Could my child have food allergies? How will I know?”
Just about six to eight percent of kids under age three have food allergies. Typically to cow’s milk, peanuts, or eggs. But for the ones who have them, the condition can be life-threatening, so it is smart to know what symptoms to look for (and what to do regarding them) now.
One way to determine whether your baby has a tendency toward allergies is to inspect your family history since studies point a strong genetic connection. That means that if any of the parents have any kind of allergic condition, like eczema, asthma, or hay fever, the child is more probable to have one, too. But even tho it was once common to delay giving your little one certain foods like dairy, eggs, nuts, and seafood, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now suggests that holding off on feeding your child these foods will not prevent food allergies. But some paediatricians do say that you can lower your child’s chance of developing food allergies if you wait until he is six months old to try starting solids. Not so sure what is best for your baby? Ask your pediatrician about your munchkin’s diet.
The easiest way to detect a food allergy?
Allergic reactions. Some signs can appear minutes to a whole hour after eating the offending food that includes:
- A runny nose or eyesg
- rash, hives, or eczema
- crying due to stomach pain
- blood in the stool
- wheezing or difficulty breathing
Sound familiar? If you reckon a food allergy, consult with your doctor or an allergy specialist. They can do tests to help ascertain whether your little one has an actual food allergy or another issue (such as lactose intolerance).
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