5 foods that can not be eaten by babies under 1 year old

The infant feeding it is something that worries not only many parents, but also pediatricians, doctors in general and, ultimately, the different health authorities that work on the health of citizens. In fact, in the case of parents, the most usual thing is that doubts arise regarding the feeding the baby, especially when the little one arrives at 5 or 6 months of age and begins the known as phase or stage of weaning, which consists in introducing certain solid foods to the baby in the form of porridges, compotes and purées (we remember at this point that the mother's milk should continue to be the food par excellence, as long as the mother and the little one want).

However, we must pay special attention to a series of foods that babies under 1 year of age can not and should not eat, since they are not suitable for the child's health or recommended for their age. We reveal what are the most damaging below.

1. Honey

As we saw in the article Why babies can not eat honey, the consumption of this food in babies under 1 year is not recommended, because of the risk of botulism by spores of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which produces a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin that has the ability to multiply inside the digestive system of the smallest.

This infection appears between 8 to 36 hours after the baby or small child has consumed the contaminated food, presenting respiratory distress, weakness and loss of muscle tone, lack of appetite, difficulty swallowing, lack of expression on the face, Constipation, crying and weak suction, and in more serious cases when medical treatment is not administered early can cause death.

On the other hand, in addition to the risk of botulism the consumption of honey is not recommended because it is a sugar, being a direct cause of dental caries.

2. Sugar

Sugar consumption and sugary foods are not recommended, especially sugary drinks, which will help in the prevention of dental caries and other dental diseases, as well as other related disorders such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and cancer.

As advised by many experts in nutrition and children's health, if you want to sweeten certain porridges or purees you can do it with mashed bananas, breast milk or artificial milk.

3. Salt

According to certain scientific studies, babies between 6 to 11 months of age tend to exceed the recommended salt intake by 33% each day. Taking into account that the consumption of salt is not good for the kidneys of adultsObviously neither is it for a baby. Therefore, the recommendation is more than obvious: It is not advised to include salt in the diet of babies under 1 year old.

Even after one year of age it is possible to include it, but it must always be in small quantities and always choosing "iodized salt". But, in any case, the basic recommendation is to try never to include it, so the baby gets used to the taste of food naturally, and without additions.

4. Nuts (whole and in pieces)

The consumption of nuts is not recommended in children under 3 years of age, since they can cause drowning in babies and small children even when they are offered nuts cut into pieces. There are even pediatricians and nutritionists who do not recommend the consumption of any dry fruit until 5 years of age.

Nor can we forget the risk of allergies, very common in the consumption of certain nuts, as for example is the case of peanuts (manises or peanuts).

5. Low-fat or low-fat foods

It is not advisable for babies under 1 year old and young children to eat skim or low fat foods, such as milk, yoghurt or skimmed cheese, given that fat is an important source of calories, very important and fundamental for the correct development of the smallest.

Therefore, it is recommended that both babies under 1 year and children over 1 year take artificial milk (as long as they do not continue to take breast milk), cheese or yogurt in their "whole" varieties.

Images | Toshimasa Ishi / Siona Karen / Melissa Wiese / Dubravko Sorić / Tim Samoff / various brennemans This article is published for informational purposes only. You can not and should not replace the consultation with a Pediatrician. We advise you to consult your trusted pediatrician. ThemesInfant feeding

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