Food at the right age

Contributed by : Palak Vyas, Prachi Shah, Dr Aliraza Khunt   
Food at the right age

Introducing food at the right age will make your child habituated with eating all kinds of food.

As per the doctors’ recommendations, a child shouldn’t be given anything till 6 months. Child should only be breastfed till 6 months. This is applicable for masses. But this can be customised depending upon a child’s health and under parental supervision; a child can be introduced or can be given liquidised food and water from 5 or 6 months.

Liquid foods should be those which are culturally acceptable. These include – fruit juices, vegetable soups, daal or moong water, non-veg soup, etc. Children should be encouraged to drink adequate amounts of fluids.

While introducing new foods, parents should keep 2 things in mind:

  1. Never introduce 2 foods at the same time. If you are giving daal water today, do not give fruit juice on the same day. It helps in identifying any consequences/allergic reactions or adverse effect due to new foods. Let the child get habituated to a new thing for at least a week and then introduce a new food item.
  2. The quantity also matters. On the first day start with 2 spoons of say daal water, on second day 4 spoons, likewise keep increasing quantity gradually for a week and if the child is able to digest it all well. In the second week you can introduce fruit juice along with daal water. Keep the quantity in check and ultimately know how much is enough for your child.

Please note:

  • Children’s appetites may vary, not only from day to day, but also from one meal to the next.
  • Children have smaller stomachs than adults so it is important to consider portion size when plating food.

Bee Suggestions

Child being choosy about food

It is not right to completely put the blame on kids for their disinterest in healthy food. As parents, we need to reflect on ourselves and take necessary measures for the same.

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If your child does not like milk or takes time to have a glass of milk every morning, do not get impatient.

Signs that indicate babies are hungry

Irritability is probably the most common signs among babies that indicates a child is hungry.

Diet for babies from 0 to 12 months

Gradual introduction of different foods leads to proper development in children.

Helping Children eat food on their own

When a child is ready to eat food on its own, (s)he will give you signals. Look for the signals and you will know how to help your baby.

Fussy eaters and giving food to them

You can gradually make your fussy eater child accustomed with all kinds of food.

Developing healthy food habits

Children learn from your behaviour. Changing your eating habits will help them develop healthy eating habits as well.

Overweight Child

For overweight children, you cannot just take away interesting food altogether. It needs to happen gradually over the time.

Underweight child

Underweight children require foods and diet that can provide them with enough nutrition and sufficient calories.

Gluten free diet for children or not

It is very important to maintain a balanced diet for the proper growth and development of the baby. Going gluten free or not is an individual's choice. It is better to look into the pros and cons before taking the decision.

Dealing with a child’s sugar eating habits

Sugar is a very tempting food item. Keep the sugar intake in check since the first day a child learns to eat; this way things will not out of hand.

Helping child to chew food properly

Kids tend to skip chewing and try to swallow the food directly. Do not get angry, try to be patient and address the problem.

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