Food precautions after the first year

By his first birthday, your child should be able to handle most of the foods you serve the rest of the family but with a few precautions.

Be sure the food is cool enough so that it won’t burn his mouth. Test the temperature yourself, because he’ll dig in without considering the heat.

Try to avoid foods that are heavily spiced, salted, buttered, or sweetened.

From: American Academy of Pediatrics

Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is a common example of food intolerance caused by lacking an enzyme needed to digest milk sugar.

When the child eats milk products, symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea can occur.


When to introduce new foods

Introduce new foods during the morning or early afternoon. This will enable you to deal with any adverse reactions when your pediatrician is in office.  Should an adverse reaction occur during the morning/early afternoon, it will cause the least amount of disruption in baby’s fragile routine.


finicky eater tip

One of the best ways to ensure that kids are enthusiastic about their meal is have them participate in making it. 


Managing constipation

To manage constipation: The P Foods: Pears, Prunes, Peaches, Plums.

From: A Child grows in

The beginning of food allergies

By the time a toddler reaches school age, food allergies have usually presented themselves. However, it can be important to remember that allergic reactions to foods served in a school setting are possible.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), about 25 percent of reactions in school-age children occurred at school, either in cafeterias, playgrounds or classrooms.


Foods to avoid

Avoid small hard foods such as nuts, raw carrot, hard lollypops and popcorn. Offer lightly steamed vegetable sticks instead.

From: Better Health Channel

Explore foods

Let your child explore food by touching, and expect some mess.
From: Better Health Channel

Offer toddlers a nibble tray

Offer toddlers a nibble tray. Use an ice-cube tray, a muffin tin, or a compartmentalized dish, and put bite-size portions of colorful and nutritious foods in each section.

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Cantaloupe is one of the rare fruits containing both beta carotene and vitamin C. It is a great substitute for kids who are not vegetable eaters.

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Offering new foods

Once your baby masters cereal, gradually introduce pureed meat, vegetables and fruits. Offer single-ingredient foods at first, and wait three to five days between each new food.

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Keep food servings small

Wondering how much to offer? Here’s a rule of thumb – or, rather, of hand. A young child’s stomach is approximately the size of his fist.

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Food and lycopene

Usually you might get worried with the fact that your kid eats everything with sauce. Let them continue eating ketchup as it contains a natural cancer fighting compound called lycopene.

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Microwaves and mealtime

If you use your microwave for heating their food at mealtime, be sure to stir well and check for hot spots prior to feeding them.

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Compact bottle warmers

Compact bottle warmers, which plug into the cigarette lighter, will ensure your child’s milk is the right temperature no matter how far you are from the nearest gas station or other roadside shop.

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Power of broccoli

Broccolis are rich in vitamin A and C and with every bite, your child will get healthier and stronger. Many kids like it raw or lightly steamed. You can use the vegetables in other dishes as well.

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Toddler and Cherrios

How many things can you do with your Toddler using Cherrios? Some activities include counting, stringing them together and combine them with M&Ms for a treat.

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Valentine’s breakfast treat

As a valentine’s breakfast treat, make your child’s breakfast pancakes or toast in heart shapes. Heart shaped cookie cutters are best for this, and can be found at your local dollar store.

From Parenting Toddlers.

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Vitamin D from Eggs

Eggs are packed with protein and vitamin D. They help in building muscles and provide calcium to the body. So an egg a day will complete your kid’s diet requirement.

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Foods in first year

There are certain foods that are not recommended for the first year of life, eggs, shellfish, fish, nuts, and peanuts are not recommended.

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