16 August 2018

Iron rich foods for babies during their first year

Iron is an quintessential nutrient required by the baby for proper growth ,overall health and development.Iron makes haemoglobin,an important component of red blood cells that supplies oxygen throughout the body.Insufficient iron in the body makes the red blood cells small and pale ,leading to iron deficiency disease called anemia .According to medical experts,a baby may experience cognitive and behavioral issues if she/he has low iron in their body.

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency in babies?

  • Less physically active and slow growth.
  • Pale skin
  • Slow weight gain
  • No appetite
  • Irritability 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual cravings for non-nutritive things like dirt,starch etc
  • Behavioral problems
  • Weak immune system

How much iron do babies and children need ?


How can iron deficiency be prevented ?

Up until 4-6 months of age,a full term healthy baby gets the necessary iron from the breastmilk or iron-fortified infant formulas. After 6 months of age,baby must derive iron from the solid food and or as advised by the doctor ,must take the prescribed iron supplement .Needless to say,,it is very important to feed a baby with iron rich foods .

Between 1-5 years of age,babies and kids must not take milk more than 24 oz in a day or it may lead to iron deficiency.

It is recommended by medical experts to pair the iron rich food with a Vitamin C enriched food for the apt and maximum absorption of iron in the body.

What are foods rich in iron ?

Two types of dietary iron are there :
  • Heme iron - A type of iron that comes from animal proteins - meat,fish,seafoods etc that is mostly and easily absorbed by the body.
  • Nonheme iron - A type of iron that comes from plants like vegetables,fruits,nuts,seeds,grains,beans etc and eggs and dairy.

What are foods rich in Vitamin C to increase iron absorption in the human body or for here ,let's say,baby?


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants be tested for iron deficiency anemia starting between ages 9 months and 12 months and, for those who have risk factors for iron deficiency, again at later ages. ~ Mayoclinic.org

Recently,my baby had screening for iron level.She was doing well there by God's grace .However,I didn't know much about the importance of iron for a baby and only knew a few foods rich in iron .So, to enhance my knowledge regarding the same,I gathered all these information to guide me always.So,that I can prepare more nutritious food for my munchkin aptly enriched with iron that will keep her fit and hit by God''s grace .AMEN!

25 July 2018

Himalayan Pink salt - the healthy salt for making homemade foods for baby


As a mother,we want to give our child not only the nutritious food but also a delicious one as much as possible .When it comes to a baby,like I mentioned in my previous posts there are foods that must be avoided and one among them is salt.Now we as an adult can't even imagine eating our food without salt.Salt makes food more tasty and flavorful.Then ,while making homemade baby food ,how can we avoid this main ingredient - the salt and give the baby a bland food .Are you one of those mom ? Well, I am !!

I remember ,my mother told me to avoid salt or perhaps she feared I may add it somehow,so advised me to add juuust a pinch of salt if I wish .So, as always I was doing my online research - why we should avoid adding salt to homemade baby food and came to know since baby's taste bud is still developing, it really doesn't matter whether we add salt or not and also about the ill effects of the refined salt/table salt and then also bumped into an alternative miracle healthy salt ,the Himalayan Pink Salt .

I must say the Himalayan pink salt did stole my heart ! Wanna know why ? Here we go -

What is Himalayan Pink salt ?

Himalayan pink salt is one of the most beneficial and purest form of salt available in our planet .Himalayan pink salt got its beautiful natural pink tone because of its higher iron content plus other 84 trace minerals like calcium,magnesium,copper,potassium etc to name a few,making it one of the most healthy and sought after salt .

Himalayan Pink salt is hand mined in one of the oldest mine,the Khewra mine in Punjab,Pakistan ,situated in the foothills of Himalayan mountain terrain (about 5000 deep) where it is popularly regarded as the "White gold" .

Did you Know ?

Himalayan Pink salt is as old as our planet Earth.As a matter of fact,Himalayan pink salt was formed from marine fossil deposits over 200 million years ago .This salt remained buried under ice for ages and so remained un affected by any kind of pollution .The salt is unrefined,un-processed and hand mined to preserve its rich mineral contents .Not to mention,Himalayan pink salt is one of the purest enriched salt far better than the regular table salt we use everyday.

What are the differences between table salt & the Himalayan Pink salt ?


However,it is also claimed that the mineral contents in the Himalayan pink salt is very small and will not provide immense health benefits.Neverthless,I believe it is still far better than the table salt as it is chemical free,naturally enriched and so is healthy .

I am already using the Himalayan Pink salt for making my baby food (just a pinch though) but now onwards, I am going to use this pink salt for my overall cooking as well.So,if you wanna use salt in your baby food gradually,then the Himalayan pink salt is a safer and better alternative I believe.

Old is gold after all !!

Disclaimer : This is only for informational purpose .

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30 June 2018

15 foods to avoid for a baby

Model Credit : My DKP :)..Thank You senorita!:)

When babies are introduced to solids for the first time ,it's an interesting milestone, both for baby and the mother and there starts a wonderful edible story of different tastes and textures .As a mother,we would love to feed our baby every edible thing that sounds healthy to us (I was that ,though my child's doc busted my bubble with the right piece of advises ) .

Like the saying "All that glitters are not gold " ,when it comes to solid foods for baby,not every edible food items may be really healthy and there are many foods that must be avoided to prevent the baby from any illness or a life threat.

Below are the foods to be avoided for babies :
  1. Cow's milk - are hard to digest for babies under 1 year and they don't have all the necessary nutrients like Iron,Vitamin E etc that only breast milk or Infant formula can provide .After 1 year ,"pasteurized" milk are suggested by doctor for feeding the toddler .However by 8 months of age,yogurt,cottage cheese,hard cheese etc are considered fine for baby's consumption since it is easy to digest comparatively to milk ,yet can be equally nutritious.Also,like some grown ups, even babies may have some allergic reaction to the proteins in milk .So,that should also be taken into consideration and discussed with the child's doctor as well.
  2. Honey - contains spores of the bacteria,clostridium Botulinm and it is one of the most toxin (neuro toxin) substance known .Honey is harmless to adults but when it comes to infants under 1 year ,it can be harmful and may create a fatal disease called,Botulism . It may lead to poor appetitie,constipation,lethargy,weakened cry over the next several days,weakened gagging and sucking reflex,lose of previous head control,child moving less and drooling etc etc.It may take even months to recover or may even be life threatening .So,no matter how natural and authentic honey is,it is best to avoid even a tad to babies under 1 year .
  3. Refined Sugar - lacks any nutritional value and it may lead to early tooth decay,eating disorders like more preference to sugary taste ,wrong foods choices in future ,leading to obesity and other health conditions.Instead breasts milk or formula and any sweet fruits like Banana ,Apple etc should be used to sweeten foods if needed .
  4. Refined Salt - very small amount of Sodium Chloride ,the mineral in salt is nutritional for baby ,which keeps the body fluid balanced and helps in the digestion of food.Before 6 months, a baby gets this requirement from breast milk or formula.After this ,the solid food will fulfill the requirement.Before 12 months,the baby's kidney is immature to process the salt and too much salt may lead to permanent damage or wrong eating patterns and food choices in future, leading to unhealthy problems.So,it is advised to use herbs to compensate salt and instead of ready made foods which may be loaded with sodium, make fresh homely foods and use salt barely minimum.
  5. Vegetables with high nitrates - Vegetables like Spinach,Carrots,Beets,Collards,Fennel,Lettuce etc contain high nitrate level and babies under 1 year's digestive system may not be strong enough to process it ,which may block blood's ability to transport oxygen ,leading to low oxygen level called the blue baby syndrome.
  6. Fruits like berries and citrus - Strawberry,blueberry,raspberry,blackberry contains a protein that may be hard to digest for babies and even toddlers.Similarly,citrus foods are highly acidic that may cause upset stomach and rashes in diaper area and even on baby's face or back.
  7. Eggs- Egg whites can trigger allergy .However,doctors now advise to feed whole eggs by age six months itself to prevent allergy in future .However,the eggs shouldn't be raw and should be completely cooked .
  8. Soft foods - like jellies,marshmallows,gummy candies, like wise should not be given as they can be a choking hazard for babies.
  9. Hard Foods - Hard candies,nuts,dry fruits,popcorns can also cause choking problems in babies.
  10. Sticky foods - like  jellies,dry fruits,chewing gum,melted cheese ,peanut or other similar butters can also cause choking issues. However,Peanut and other similar butters can be thinned with water or applesauce for baby's consumption .
  11. Low fat foods -Babies need whole fat foods which helps in proper growth and brain development and over all well being.So,low fat foods are not suitable for babies especially under two.
  12. Trans Fats - found in processed foods,baked goods,chips,cookies etc are unhealthy choices and must be avoided.
  13. Fruit juice - should be 100% juice if it is store bought and pasteurized. However, too much fruit juice can lead to tooth decay,diarrhea and other stomach issues.Instead ,whole fruit is the apt choice.
  14. Fish - Avoid fish with high mercury levels and from contaminated waters.Shellfish should also be avoided till 12 months and in cases like severe allergy running in the family,the wait time is 3 years.Shellfish can create some serious allergy especially if it runs in the family.Shellfish should be consumed by baby after the doctor's approval only.
  15. Other foods with choking hazard - Raw vegetables,uncooked raisins,fruits,Hot Dogs,chunks of meat or any non-vegetarian items are also dangerous for baby to swallow properly.
Other foods not mentioned in the above list may also be unsafe in terms of allergy especially if it runs in the family as some babies will be extra sensitive to a particular food and others may not. So,well,we have to be alert to make sure none of the food baby eats possess any threat to his/her health  as well and must be discussed with the child's doctor as to how to proceed further safely.

So,next time that loving relative or a friend with good intention ,would suggest any food from the above list or anything per se,please make sure first that particular food is indeed safe for the baby. Because we all don't know everything , the actual science behind that and every baby may react to foods differently ,like,even if someone has ten babies, most probably ,ten babies would have different likes and dislikes and may be sensitive to different foods respectively.

Ok,did I scare you or made you uncomfortable ? 😯

No worries, I don't mean to!😊...Actually,I am still very scared for my baby ,it is natural I believe but with the right information and resources we can equip our self to face our fears and do the right thing and take the right action as required.

Like they say,"Prevention is better than cure!"

Rest let God guide us to do our best to take care of the gift from God - the baby !

Cheers to every caring mother and to a healthy baby!

Disclaimer:This is for informational purpose only .Always consult with your child's physician regarding any question or concern about solid foods or more and do make sure any food is not allergic to your child .