Thursday, April 30, 2009

Getting on Solid Foods

I think I got antsy and ended up giving my kids cereal around five months. At the time, the recommendation was 6 months. It seems some doctors say 4 months, others say 6 months. I didn't realize the honey danger! Have you heard of that?

FROM CNN: The transition from drinking only breast milk or formula to eating grown up food is a big milestone in the life of a baby.. So how do you know when it's the right time?

As a baby grows so does her appetite. Pediatrician Robert Wiskind says four to six months of age is the ideal time to Start introducing solid foods. Prior to four months of age there is a concern that you're increasing the risk of causing allergies, plus nutritionally, the baby isn't ready to handle solid foods.

Wiskind suggests serving rice cereal first because it is easy for an infant to digest. "After that you move on to the fruit and the vegetables, the stage one or the first stage foods are single ingredients, pureed, and you're doing one at a time because you want to be sure you can identify anything that the child is allergic to."

He says eggs, fish, citrus and nuts are some of the foods that are more likely to cause an allergic reaction such as a rash or vomiting. Wiskind recommends waiting to serve those foods until a child is at least a year old.

Wiskind also says there's one very important warning for all parents.. Honey should not be given to a baby under the age of one because of possible botulism.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen
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