Oct 12, 2012

Foods to avoid for first one year of infant

  1. Salt, There is no need to add salt to your baby's food in her first year. Babies need less than 1g of salt a day until they are 12 months old. Toddlers aged one to three years need less than 2g. Eating more than the recommended amount of salt can damage your baby's kidneys.
  2. Baby foods that come in a jar as they have loads of preservatives and why give baby stale food when you can easily make fresh and nutritious baby food at home for your baby
  3. Grains – it is best to wait 1-2 years to feed babies grains, as they do not have the enzymes to digest them
  4. Spinach, turnips, beets, carrots, collard greens, cabbage and broccoli ie is vegetables that are high in nitrates should not be given uncooked till 9 months. Foods which are too high in nitrates can affect your baby by causing what is known as "Blue Baby Disease". This occurs because babies cannot process high amounts of nitrates and as a result the oxygen level in their blood will diminish greatly. When this happens the baby will take on a blue appearance.
  5. Honey – babies should not get honey prior to one year. Honey can contain bacterial spores that can lead to infant botulism. This is a rare but very serious disease that can be fatal. As the risk is very low in percentage but one should avoid it for the baby.
  6. Soy – even properly fermented soy is not easy to digest
  7. Grapes and other small foods that pose a choking hazard
  8. Raw fruits and vegetables – these are hard to digest and should always be cooked (with the exception of banana and avocado
  9. Some fish as the mercury levels in mackerel, shark, swordfish and tuna are too high to be consumed by children under a year old.
                 There are other foods which you may want to avoid feeding your infant during the first year of his/her life but the above are just some of the choices which have been proven to be potentially dangerous or harmful to your infant. The best thing to do when deciding what to feed is to speak with your doctor or a pediatric nutritionist for a much more detailed list on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to your baby’s diet.

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