Monday, June 21, 2010

Foods to avoid for a baby under 1 year old

I have here some lists of foods that you should avoid in giving to your baby especially when your baby is under 1 year old. The first batch is for babies under the age of 6 months old as these foods could cause allergic reaction or contain harmful bacteria.

* Under 6 months old:

• Eggs

• Fish and shellfish

• Soft and unpasteurised cheeses.

• Wheat based foods which contain gluten - like wheat flour, bread, breakfast cereal and rusks. Also avoid oats and other barley-based foods.

• Nuts and seeds including ground nuts - like peanut butter, and other nut spread.

* Under 1 year old:

• Salt – do not add salt to food for young babies as their kidneys cannot cope with it. Babies will get the right amount of salt they need from the infant formula milk or through breastfeeding if you are breastfeeding your baby.

• Sugar- Do not add sugar to food or drinks you give to your baby, it isn’t necessary. Sugar could encourage a sweet tooth and lead to tooth decay when the first teeth start to come through.

• Honey- should not be given to a baby under 1 year old. According to health professionals, honey can contain a type of bacteria which can produce toxins in the baby’s intestines and can cause serious illness. They said, after the age of 1 the bacteria are not able to grow in the babies intestines.

• Nuts- whole nuts should not be given to children under the age of 5 in case of choking and it could also lead to allergy problems.

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