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How to incorporate eggs meat and nuts to your babies diet

How to incorporate eggs meat and nuts to your babies diet!

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As your child grows older, her food preferences begin to change and become specific. Toddlers get more interested towards foods that are attractive and have a fun element attached to them. Children at toddlerhood often imitate adult behavior, so if you indulge in unhealthy foods and they are available in your house, your toddler may indulge in it too.

Friday, April 7th, 2017

What are junk foods?

Any food that is nutritionally not adequate , providing more of calories and less of vitamins and minerals can be termed as a Junk Food. It can be high in nutrients like fat, refined carbohydrates like maida etc sodium, sugar etc which might not be good for your child’s health.

Understanding Junk Foods.

A junk food provides empty calories i.e. it is calorie dense instead of being nutrient dense.

Junk Foods are Unhealthy.Junk foods are those that are virtually negligible in nutritional value and ingredients which can be unhealthy if consumed regularly.

Junk Foods offer convenience. Junk foods contain high amounts of

Until the age of 6 months, babies depend entirely on their mother’s milk for nutrition. After 6 months of age breast milk alone is insufficient to fulfill the nutritional requirements of babies. This nutrition gap can be filled by adding foods in your baby’s diet.

Once your baby is six months or over and has been introduced to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, its important to introduce foods containing protein such as fish, poultry, meat, eggs, dairy products, nuts, cereals and grains. ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) recommends that eggs, meats, fish and poultry must be introduced in your baby’s diet at the age of 9 months.

Below are some points to help you understand how you can introduce them in your baby’s diet.

HOW TO INCLUDE EGGS!

Eggs Are Highly Nutritious For Babies. Eggs are rich in proteins, essential amino acids, calcium and iron that are vital for the growth and development of a baby. Moreover, proteins in eggs are readily available to body and the fats in them that are easily digestible. Eggs are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids, which are precursors of compounds like DHA, which in turn are essential for brain growth and vision development of a baby.

Add Eggs in Your Baby’s Diet. Eggs can be added to your baby’s food in boiled and mashed form. Avoid giving eggs as an individual item in the diet as it can be difficult for babies to ingest. Eggs can be mixed with pulses, khichdi, soups etc. to make it more palatable.

Check for Allergy From Eggs. When you first give eggs to your baby, you need to look out for potential signs of allergy. Give your baby a small portion of egg. If your baby has stomachache, gets restless or develops rashes, she may be allergic to eggs. Contact your pediatrician if you see any of these symptoms.

HOW TO INCLUDE MEATS!

Meat/Fish/Poultry Make Your Baby’s Diet Healthy. Red meat is a good source of iron and zinc. Chicken is an excellent source of protein and is also rich in B vitamins. Fish is a great source of B Vitamins, Vitamin A, protein, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. Chicken has a milder flavor and is better accepted by the baby.

Precautions While Feeding Meat/Fish/Poultry. Meats, fish, and poultry can be given to babies in minced form, mixed with other foods or as soups in small amounts initially. Make sure such items are thoroughly cooked and all the bones have been carefully taken out. This prevents any choking hazards.

Check For Allergy From Meat/Fish/Poultry. Chicken and meat seldom cause allergy. However, some babies may be allergic to certain types of fish. If your baby has an allergic reaction from eating fish do not ignore it and consult your pediatrician. An allergic reaction may include swelling of the tongue, lips or face or other symptoms like skin rash, wheezing, stomachache, diarrhea or vomiting. There is no medication to prevent allergic reactions. The only way that you can protect your baby from another allergic reaction is to eliminate that food from her diet.

HOW TO ADD NUTS?

Nuts and Dried Fruits.Nuts are rich in energy, omega-3 fatty acids ,proteins and vitamins like vitamin E. They are also rich in antioxidants and minerals. Dried fruits are full of nutrients and have high amounts of fiber, vitamin E, vitamin A and niacin.

Incorporating Nuts & Dried Fruits in Your Baby’s Food. These can be incorporated in your baby’s diet beginning at the age of 6 months itself. Nuts and dried fruits can be fine grinded and added as powder to your baby’s food. They can also be soaked and made into a paste to be applied on a chapatti or toast or added to custard, yogurt, milk, kheer, porridge etc. Giving 3-4 powdered or soaked and grinded to paste almond or dried dates each day can provide your baby with essential nutrients.

Check for Allergy From Nuts And Dried Fruits. The symptoms of nut allergy may start within a few minutes of consuming nuts. Your baby may experience itchy and watery eyes, skin rashes, sneezing, runny nose, shortness of breath, swelling of lips, tongue, throat, nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, etc. Consult your pediatrician immediately if your baby shows these signs of allergy.

Make Your Baby Strong And Robust.

Baby foods should not only be appetizing and easily digestible, but they must also fulfill all the nutrient requirements. The foods discussed above are rich sources of essential macro and micronutrients and if incorporated properly in your baby’s diet, can help meet the nutrient gaps. Make your baby strong and robust by adding these foods to her diet in the right way and at the right age.

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