Pediatrics Corner

Pediatrics Corner

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Beginning Solids

Beginning Solids:

 

Parents often ask about starting their baby on solid foods.  This should not occur before 4-6 months of age since eating solids early can increase the change of a baby developing food allergies.  Prior to starting on solid foods you should consider the following:

1) Can you baby hold his or her head up? Can they sit in an infant seat without any difficulty controlling their head?

2) Is the baby interested?  Does the baby open his or her mouth when food comes toward it?

3) Is the baby able to move the food from the tounge to the throat? Or does he or she just spill it out onto their cheeks and chin, getting very little down?  If so you might consider waiting a few weeks and retry.

 

Starting Solids:

 

Your baby may wear more than he or she eats.  If baby seems frustrated feed him from breast or bottle so he does not get too upset.  Start with one single food.  We recommend a single grain cereal with iron, such as rice or oatmeal.  Start with the food in a more liquid than solid state, like gruel, and then slowly thicken it over the next several days to help your child get used to the texture.  Start with 1 feed and then gradually build to a second.  Do not add cereal to your baby's bottle unless your doctor instructs you to.

 

Adding Foods:

 

Generally, once your baby is tolerating and eating the first food well you can slowly add other foods to the diet.  This should not be done any sooner than 5 days apart and you should watch for signs of allergies or reaction to the food such as vomiting, diarrhea or rash.  If you suspect a food allergy please contact us.  We do not recommend giving any eggs or fish in the first year or any nuts, chocolate or honey in the first two years.

 

Finger Foods:

 

Once your baby can bring her hands to her mough well and is sitting unsupported she can try finger foods and feeding herself.  The most important advice in this is avoiding any choking hazard.  All foods need to be very soft, easy to swallow and cut into very small pieces.

 

Milk:

 

By one year of age you can begin transitioning your baby to whole cow's mild.  Do this by beginning to replace some of the formula with milk in your child's bottle.  Better yet, use this time to transition to a Sippy cup.  If your baby was put on soy or hypoallergenic formula for mild allergy, talk to your provider before introducing milk.  Finally, remember not to put your baby to bed with a bottle as this can lead to milk cavities and is a risk factor for ear infections. 

 

If you have any puqestions please come and see us.  We would love to discuss your baby's growth and development with you.

 

Margaret Fritts, FNPC