Healthy Babies Series - Dangerous food for your babies.
As the saying goes - Illness enters from the mouth. It is highly important to take note what we are feeding our babies.
What is safe, or even healthy for adults, might not be entirely safe for babies. Therefore, it is crucial that mummies (especially new mums) know what they are putting into their babies' mouth.
Today, we will discuss 6 food items that are harmful to babies.
1. Raw fish.
Albeit being soft and delicious, the immature digestive system are unable to properly digest and kill the bacterials on the raw fish. The slimly texture of raw fishes proofed to be a chocking hazard with the possibility of them stuck along the wall of the oesophagus. To be safe, experts suggested to take raw fish out of children's diet until they are about 5 or 6 years old. Before that, let's not put raw fish in the menu.
Why is honey, the food praised to to have healing abilities, bad for our baby? Honey contain spores and bacterials that can produce toxin that are harmful to the baby. Lacking the necessary pro-biotic in the baby's digestive track to fight these bacterial off, it will cause babies to fall ill after consumption of honey. However, commercially prepared cereal or bread made with honey have been heated to high temperatures, killing the spores, and are safe to eat. Bottom line: wait to introduce honey until after age one.
3. Chocking Hazards
As naturally as eating is, eating some food does take practise. Avoid feeding round and hard food to baby where it will be difficult to chew. Chunky food are best to be avoided too. On top of these, sticky food like peanut butter with the potential of sticking inside the baby's throat should not be fed to baby too young.
4. Raw Milk
Young children who drink raw, unpasteurised milk and eat foods made from raw milk like cheese and ice cream are at high risk for severe illnesses like prolonged diarrhoea and stomach cramping. Young children whose immune systems are not fully developed are more susceptible to infection and illness. Make sure to select pasteurised milk when your baby is ready to make the transition to cow’s milk, around a year of age.
5. Low fat or Skim milk
Babies need fat in their diet for brain growth and development, especially in the first two years of life. Fish and eggs are also great ways to boost your baby's intake of DHA – an omega-3 fatty acid important for the retina and development of brain cells.
Babies are born with a preference for sweet flavours. Eating emphasises and strengthens this taste preference. Remember, their nutritional needs are high, their tummies are little, and every bite counts for nutrition and growth!