Children’s eating habits are initiated from the introduction of food at 6 months of age. That is why it is necessary to pay extra attention to each food offered after that stage. What may seem like a simple snack to your child may actually be one of the items on the list of foods not recommended for babies.
Unfortunately, few parents are aware of the subject, perhaps due to the lack of clarification from the pediatricians they accompany or perhaps because they do not seek information about what is good and what is not for each phase. A food that can be consumed by adults with some restrictions, sometimes may not be suitable for the consumption of babies until at least the first 2 years of life.
Through a survey conducted recently by the Ministry of Health, almost 61% of babies under 2 years old already consume foods such as cookies, cookies, snacks and cakes and almost 33% consume drinks such as artificial juices and soft drinks. These foods are not healthy and I believe everyone already knows, but why shouldn’t we give our children, especially babies up to 2 years old?
The Candy Problem
In the first years of life it is essential that babies receive nutrient-rich foods that will strengthen their immunity and guarantee all the vitamins they need to develop in a healthy way.
A great example of the list of foods not recommended is soda, since it is a drink completely full of sugar, dyes, sodium and caffeine and that does not offer any nutritional quality.
Until the age of 2, babies’ gastric mucosa is extremely sensitive and a drink as strong as this can cause unnecessary irritation and discomfort , and this is true for other foods that are not recommended under any circumstances for babies.
Food before 2 Years of Age?
At six months of age, food introduction should begin. Fruits and juices, vegetables and greens become small recipes to suit the baby’s new menu. Until you taste all the flavors and adapt to the new routine you need to be calm and cautious above all.
If they can taste and eat foods rich in nutrients and totally healthy, why “skip” the path of discovery and offer what does not bring any benefit to the baby’s health ? Maybe because of the day-to-day rush?
This is the old excuse of many mothers, who claim to offer “practical food” due to the rush and still complete with “I don’t always offer it”. The problem is that it is enough to offer it only once for these foods to be approved and become a habit.
Black List of Foods
Honey – This food is cause for many doubts, since it is “natural”. As the consumption of sugar in the feeding of babies is not indicated, some parents believe that honey can substitute. WRONG! Honey is contraindicated due to the high risk of contamination with a bacterium called Clostridium botolinum, which is responsible for botulism. As babies still have their immune systems still developing if the baby becomes infected with this bacteria the risks can be fatal. In addition to the risk of contamination with botulism, the baby may also have allergic reactions to pollen.
Chocolate – Ahh the chocolate! Delicious and desired food by everyone, but not healthy, very caloric, rich in sugar, fat and caffeine. It has an addictive action on the palate especially of children and due to its composition causes agitation, irritability and can even affect the quality of the baby’s sleep .
Soda – All carbonated or flavored drinks are not recommended for consumption by babies up to 2 years of age. The composition of soft drinks contains a high content of sugar, caffeine and chemical additives that can cause intestinal damage to the baby. Its constant consumption still causes absorption of iron, which is such an important vitamin for the development of the baby in this age group.
Gelatin – This is one of the foods that surprises parents. Considered a healthy dessert, gelatines have preservatives and dyes in their compositions that are responsible for major cases of skin allergies .
Embedments – “Ahh, give the baby a snack wrapped in a roll, he will like it!”. Embedded as ham, sausage, sausage, bologna are not suitable for consumption by babies up to 2 years old. They are foods with a high fat content, preservatives and sodium and with minimal nutritional values.
Snacks – Which child does not like snacks? And the answer is: one that has not yet proved! Snacks are rich in sodium, dyes, preservatives, fat and totally industrialized, in short they do not offer anything good to health. The longer you can avoid consumption, the better!
Biscuits / Cookies – Cookies, especially the stuffed ones are pure sugar caloric bombs, preservatives, dyes, fat. In addition to not being healthy, they offer a great risk of babies developing allergies to their components.
Danoninho – The famous petit suisse of children is not really such a good food for children, especially babies. It is a food full of sugar, artificial colors and completely allergenic components. It is not recommended for children under 3 years of age and does not offer any nutrition for any other age group.
Proper Way to Feed the Baby
If you want to offer a healthy and adequate diet to your baby away from industrialized products and filled with dyes, sugars and saturated fat, escape practicality. Opt for natural and home- grown foods .
It is worth a few more minutes of preparation and ensure the quality of what your child is consuming, this will guarantee his health. At least in the first two years of life, be as natural as possible and the more you can avoid the consumption of fried foods , sweets and processed foods in general, the better.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.