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Beginning of soild food to infants
Guide lines to feed an infant
Putting your infant on the solid foods is the beginning of eating habits in your infant for lifelong and this in other words would contribute to his or her overall health,for which we must follow some general guidelines that would assist you to start your baby on solid food which would lead you to a right track to a healthy life of your infant.
Don't be in a rush to start solid baby foods to your child.
1)Starting solid food too early may cause your baby to develop food allergies.Your child's intestinal tract has not fully developed during the first few months of his/her birth and introducing solids at this time could be difficult to handle therefore breast milk or infant formula food are all your baby's needs, to fulfill it's nutritional need for first 4 to 6 months of his /her life.
2)second reason for avoiding the solid food to your child is because of unintentional overfeeding .since younger babies can not give you signals when they are full, such as turning away from food or showing disinterest in eating sometimes we force a child to eat which we should not do
thirdly holding off on solid food is because your baby's is incapable to swallow solids correctly till 6 months of age and this can potentially cause choking. In India we celebrate the first eating day for a child as" Aana prashan" that is starting solid food day.
3)Always feed certain kind of food for several days in a row before starting another type of food.it helps you to discover food allergies and you can judge whether it leads to diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, hives or a rash formation on the body.
4)Do not put your baby to sleep with a bottle of milk or a juice, because sugar may pool into your baby's mouth and may lead to cavities.Avoid feeding on cow's milk ,honey or egg until your baby is one year old .do not feed your child with fancy foods out of love ,it will choke them
keeping these guidelines in your mind will keep your child problem free and will grow into a health child