Foods To Avoid Feeding Babies
You might be exciting to give your baby tasty foods like peanut butter, eggs etc. but before doing that, you should know what each type of food cause to your kid’s body. Your baby’s metabolism and body organs are developing on a rapid rate but still, specific food should be avoided at specific age. That’s because some foods can have negative impact on babies while other can have positive impact.
As a parent of a newborn, you should know exactly which foods are safe and unsafe for your lovely kid.
I have listed down below, 10 foods to avoid feeding to your baby for specific age.
Cow’s Milk or Soy Milk
Doctors recommend to stick to breast milk or formula until your baby’s first birthday. Cow milk and soy milk are a great source of protein but your newborn cannot digest these proteins during his first year. Also, these beverages contain minerals in amounts that can damage your child’s kidneys. So, just skip them for now, at least for the first year.
Peanut Butter and Nuts
Peanut Butter and Nuts are two of the most favorite foods among children. But, you should be very careful to not introduce them too early. Doctors recommend to wait until he is 1 year old or later to introduce solid foods that are related to common allergens.
Peanut Butter and Nuts can be dangerous especially if your family has a history of nut allergies. You should do an allergy test to make sure that they don’t have any allergy, especially by peanuts, which can be very dangerous.
Only after you do an allergy test and are sure that your kid doesn’t have a peanut allergy, then you can start giving it to him after he is about 1 year old.
Also, even though your kid may not be nut allergic, you still should be careful not to give him whole nuts because they can present choking hazards, especially for children under 4.
Honey is a tasty snack, but babies under 1 year old should never be fed any form of honey. The reason is because the honey carries a harmful bacteria called “Clostridium Botulinum” which can cause botulism, muscle paralysis or other serious illness. An adult’s intestinal tract can prevent this bacteria from growing but the kids immune system isn’t strong enough yet to fight these bacteria, so the only option is to avoid honey.
After your child surpass his first birthday, you can start slowly introducing him to honey but only on very small amounts. Don’t give him the jar and let him eat as much as he can.
Also, you should avoid chocolate and some chocolate products. It contains caffeine and a lot of sugar, which both are dangerous and can damage your kid if given to an early stage.
While eggs are a good source of proteins, vitamins and minerals for adults, they are not very suitable for young babies. If you introduce young children to egg and egg white to an early age, they can develop an egg allergy. You can start feeding egg yolks after they start eating solid foods, but always be sure to watch for any sign of allergic reaction, such as vomiting, diarrhea or rashes.
Another food which is recommended to not feed to your kid is anything made with wheat. Wheat contains gluten, which is a protein that is difficult for young kids to digest. Again, once you start to introduce wheat to your kid, make sure to watch for any kind of allergic reaction.
Another possible allergen food is seafood. You should avoid them until your child is, at least, 1-year-old. After one year, you can slowly give your kid small amounts of shellfish or seafood, like tuna. Always be careful with any allergic reaction, especially if anyone in your family has a seafood allergy.
Also, you should avoid high in mercury fishes, such as swordfish, shark, tilefish or king mackerel. Even adults are not recommended to eat a lot of these type of fishes.
Strawberries are delicious and a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants but they are quite acidic, which make them harsh on the delicate system of a baby. You should avoid strawberries until he is one year old.
You should avoid all kind of sticky foods, at least until his first birthday. You should avoid foods such as chewing gum, jelly, gummy candies, dried fruit, melted cheese, marshmallows etc. because they get lodged in your kid’s throat and become a choking hazard.
Fruit Juices are another food which you should not give to your kid. They contain added sugar without any positive benefit. You should give your kid only the whole fruit, not the juices. You should wait at least 6 months of age to start giving fruit juice.
Also, two other tips for you: try to stick to non-acidic fruit juices like apple juice and diluting the juice with water when first introduce juice to your kid.
Large Chunk Foods
A large chunk of food can be a possible choking hazard for your baby. They can get easily stuck on your baby’s throat. The AAP recommends parents to cut foods into small pieces, not larger than 1/2 inch per piece. For example, you can cut up fruits such as grapes, strawberries etc. and finely chop meats, cheese or vegetables.
Also, you should be careful with raw vegetables and hard or crunchy foods. You should soft-cook raw hard vegetables, such as carrots, celery, broccoli etc. and cut into small pieces before serving.
These are some of the most common foods to avoid feeding to your baby. In general, try to skip foods which can cause an allergic reaction, especially if your family has an allergic history for certain foods.
By giving him small amount of foods, even though they can cause allergic reaction, you can easily manage the situation because only illness symptoms such as fever, diarrhea etc. will appear and you will have some time to send him to the hospital.
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