Excess sugar or sugary foods like ready-made juices, cookies, cakes, candies, etc in early age can lead to tooth decay and/ or overweight and hyperactive child. Avoid adding extra sugar, to milk, fruit juices and other foods; instead sweeten the foods using mashed/ pureed banana, apples, pear, mangoes and dates. You may use small quantities of healthier alternatives like jaggery or honey for foods like porridge, kheer, milkshakes etc.
Prefer giving homemade food that is hygienically prepared under your vigilance to avoid any infection. It may be tiresome and tedious at times as compared to convenient ready-made cereal mixes, but it aids in introducing a variety of foods, tastes and optimum nutrition (as is freshly made) to your blooming bud. Besides your child can adjust well to the taste of your "ghar ka khana" easily as he grows.
Do not despair about food allergy unless there is a family history of lactose intolerance, gluten sensitivity etc. More often baby's developing immune system causes an adverse reaction to a particular food (most common being peanuts, egg white, soya, fish, wheat, etc.) resulting in vomiting, diarrhoea, skin rashes, swelling, etc. Introduce one food at a time and keep a record of the same to reduce the risk and to identify the culprit (if any allergy). Do consult the doctor if the symptoms are too serious.
Weaning is not about charts or time; it's about readiness!! When the baby is able to sit with some support and has a good head control you may begin (at around 5-6 months). Besides when he seems to be dissatisfied with milk feeds alone or is watching or leaning forward to grab the food or spoon try giving him some food. Babies who are not ready for solids will often push the food out.
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