Friday, June 4, 2021

Five Things You Should Not Feed To A Baby Below 12 Months

In the first year of life, a baby’s digestive system is still growing and may not be ready for some types of foods. Furthermore, your baby’s ability to swallow is also not completely developed. Also, the lack of teeth can make certain foods dangerous and can cause them to choke leading to death. 

Here are Five Things You Should Not Feed To A Baby Below 12 Months

Honey

If honey is fed to a baby below 12 months, it can cause botulism. Botulism is a fatal illness caused by a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The disease begins with weakness, blurred vision, feeling tired, and trouble speaking. This may then be followed by weakness of the arms, chest muscles, and legs. Do not give honey to a baby under the age of twelve months. Breastfeeding mothers can however have honey because the acidity in her stomach is enough to kill the bacteria before it reaches the baby.

Peanut butter

Peanut butter and other nut butters are too sticky to be safe for baby. These consistencies make it hard for your baby to swallow and thus creating a choking hazard. If you would like to serve this to baby, spread it thinly on bread or crackers. You can also water it down with apple sauce.

Nuts and Seeds

Watermelon, Oranges, peaches, plums, and cherries all contain small seeds that need to be removed before serving. Sunflower or pumpkin seeds could be too small to choke on but can get stuck in a child’s airway which could pose a risk of infection.

Caffeine

Soda, iced tea, or any other drink containing caffeine should be avoided. Your baby’s stomach is not developed enough to handle caffeine. Plus, a fussy baby who is overtired from the caffeine in their system is not a pretty picture.

Juice

While it is okay for the baby to have juice starting around 6-12 months, experts recommend no more than 4 ounces a day. Not only could it cause diarrhea but all that sugar is not good for their developing teeth! Keep in mind that the natural juices from fruit are ok as long as they are home made as store bought juices have a ton of added sugar in them!

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