30 June 2018

15 foods to avoid for a baby

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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 .


14 June 2018

Best foods for baby that are easy to digest

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Babies are fragile little cutie beauty beings.They develop month by month in and out .I know right, we parents especially mothers are checking everyday how well they are growing like in my mother tongue,Malayalam, we say"Kai vallanno,kaal vallano" meaning did baby's hand and legs grow or not .

It takes a year for a baby's digestive system to mature and it is still very sensitive .So,when solid foods are introduced to a baby whether it's at 4 month or six month,mothers have to be very careful as to what kind of foods to introduce and continue depending upon, whether the food is easily digestible or  the food causes gas,allergy or other stomach related issues and then weed them out.

In my case, I was really concerned , careful and confused because I was worried if the food I give at the tender age of 4 months to my baby will be gentle to my baby's stomach or not .I was scared to mess with that.I was referring to my Baby's doc's information in paper and at times I did my research online but I didn't get enough time to do that as well...Today my baby is going to be 13 months old ,but still I am very careful to make food in such a way that it is easy to digest and nutritious for her .

So,instead of researching online always I have gathered information as to what kind of foods are easy to digest or gentle on a baby's digestive system .

Here are the best food  for baby that are safe and "go to" to help with digestion and good health :

Best Vegetables for babies :

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1.Butternut Squash - is full of antioxidant,fiber and vitamins .It is easy to digest for infants and hardly cause any allergy .It improves the immune system,it's beta carotene content provides good eye sight,has anti-microbial properties,has anthelmetic properties meaning it controls the worm issues in infants .Once cooked it has a smooth texture which is easy to eat for babies as well.

2.Sweet Potatoes - are full of Vitamin C,D,B6 and is a good source of iron,potassium,magnesium and supports a healthy immune system and full of fiber.Once cooked it is also soft and easy to eat and digest for babies.

3.Broccoli - is full of fiber and helps in digestion,prevents from any allergic reactions,has iron,boosts immunity ,prevents chronic diseases etc.Broccoli should be best steamed than boiled as it loses its vitamin C content otherwise.

4.Parsnip - is full of fiber, protein, anti-oxidants, minerals, iron,magnesium,potassium etc.Parsnips helps with digestion ,good immune system and overall growth.


5.Zucchini - is also full of fiber,antioxidants,other nutrients .It's skin is also healthy to eat. 

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6.Potatoes - are easy to digest ,nutritious and filling. 

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7. Eggplant - is very nutritious for baby as it has folate,Vitamin A,Vitamin C and fiber .Eggplant is best introduced at the age of 8 months.It helps in having regular bowel movements in babies .Small eggplants are less bitter and should be peeled and cooked .

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8.Carrots - are easy to swallow and digest ,plus it is sweet in taste and full of health benefits like it's good for eyes ,immune system .However, because of a chemical ,nitrate, it is best to introduce carrots from 6 months onwards ,though store bought carrot baby food for babies younger than 6 months is considered safe.

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9.Peas - are sweet to taste and relieves constipation in babies.

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10.Green Beans - are full of Vitamin A ,fiber,boosts immune system .

Those were some vegetables that's good and safe for babies to avoid any digestion problem .Now its turn for the fruits ..

Best fruits for babies :

1. Apple - Apple puree/Apple sauce is very easy to digest , builds immune system and relieves any constipation.

2.Bananas- Bananas are also easy to swallow and digest.They are good for diarrhea and constipation.

3.Pears hardly produce any allergy and are full of fiber,Vitamin C,potassium.

4.Peaches are very sweet,soft and full of Vitamin C.

5.Papaya is good for digestion,kills intestinal worms,relieves constipation etc .

6.Apricots are high in Vitamin A and C and full of fiber.

7.Blueberries are full of fiber,vitamins and antioxidants and best given around 8 months of age.

8.Cantaloupe are best introduced around 10 months .It is full of vitamin C,Vitamin A,Beta carotene etc.



Other than these,

1.Rice is gluten free and doesn't cause any allergy like a possibility in wheat,oatsbarley etc.It is also filling .

2.Meats provide enough iron .Breast milk doesn't produce any iron and baby's iron content in the body starts depleting by age 6 months.

3.Fish provides Omega 3 fatty acids  that is good for brain development,immunity development,vision,mood and overall health.However babies should avoid shellfish and eat only mercury free fish like salmon etc.

4.Yogurt provides probiotics that helps in the smooth functioning of the digestive system like prevents diarrhea,boosts immunity,strong bones,vision and brain development to name a few.

5.Lentils are a good source of proteins ,vitamins and minerals which should be given from 8 months onwards .Some lentils can cause gas but a few like yellow mung beans are easy to digest when cooked and mashed.

So these are some apt food for baby that will give some peace of mind to us and the baby ,now all you have to do (you might be already like myself) is roll your sleeves ,get into your kitchen and cook some delish homemade baby foods for the apple, pears, bananas of your eyes - your adorable baby..😍

Like Julia Child said," You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces just good food from fresh ingredients." .... 

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 .

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