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Foods your baby should not eat just yet

Foods your baby should not eat just yet

Foods to avoid giving to babies under the age of 1 year .

Honey

Honey should never be given to babies under 1 year of age as they may in very rare cases cause Infant Botulism is a paralytic illness which happens when a baby ingests the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum through food stuffs such as honey, corn syrup and marple syrup. These bacteria produce a toxin  known as  Botulinum Toxin in an infants imature intestine.

Tea

Tea Contains tannins that can restrict vitamin reuptake. Tuna Fishes such as tuna should never be given to babies under the age of 1 year as they may contain high levels of heavy metals such as mercury which can easily cause damage to a babys nervous system.  Raw

Eggs

Raw eggs may contain the bacteria salmonella which can cause severe food poisoning. Foods such as homemade icecream and mayonaise should be avoided. Eggs can also cause allergic reactions, so consult your doctor before introducing egg to your babies diet.

Peanuts and other nuts

Nuts especially peanuts can cause serious allergic reactions and apart from that present a potential choking hazard to babies and small children.

Salt

The kidneys of children younger than 1 year of age are not developed enough to cope with high salt levels. Ready made foods that are meant for adults usually contain high amounts of salt and therefore should never be fed to Babies.  Soy sauce, sausages and bacon are some of the foods that normally  contain quite high amounts of salt.

Sugar

Sugar is simply not good for your babies teeth and health. Babies get enough sugar from breastmilk, milk formulas and fruits. A babies teeth are more vulnarable to tooth decay than an adults teeth. Avoid giving babies sweet foods such as cookies to avoid encou raging a sweet tooth in the first place for healthier milk teeth and future permanent teeth.

Some Vegetables such as Spinach, fennel, beetrot, lettuce, and nettles

These vegetables are  likely to contain high levels of  nitrates . When babies ingest nitrates they are quickly converted to nitrites because very young babies lack the stomach acids that help keep nitrates at check. The nitrites disturb the bloods ability to transport oxygen leading to Blue Baby Syndrome, i.e. low oxygen levels.

Fruit Juices

Fruit juice is not suitable for babies as it has negligible nutritional benefits and can reduce amount of breast milk consumed.

Soy milk, Reduced Fat milk

They are a poor source of iron and not a suitable alternative to breast milk and formula for babies.

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Written by StayHealthWise

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