Baby Feeding Hazards

Baby feeding hazards that an infant should avoid and why. Being cautious in the food they eat will only make for a healthy child.

Infants' tastebuds are not as developed as ours are. Therefore, it is their nature to put everything in their mouth and have you place anything you want in theirs. They will try it a first time. If they don't like it, you will find that out fast. They will refuse that particular food the second time.

One of the foods not to feed your infant is honey. If your infant is under a year, honey can cause infant botulism, which is a form of food poisoning. Honey also contains natural sugar, which is no good for your child. Remember to feed your child food that has no sugar.

Stay away from sugars. Have them drink unsweetened juices. If they get sugar in their diet, they will always tend to look for the sweets and nothing else. Sugar will also rot their teeth faster. Rotting of teeth can cause major dental problems later in life. Dental work could include having your child's teeth capped or implants made.

Stay away from salt and spicy foods. Spicy foods can cause diarrhea in infants and salt is not needed in their diet.

If your infant cries, too many parents feel that their infant may be hungry and over feed them. By the time the child is a toddler, the child is overweight. Junk food is a no-no. Pediatricians recommended not putting your child on a diet, but giving them healthy foods instead. Giving them healthy foods such as fruits, yogurt, grains and vegetables are recommended.

Never, ever, put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk. This will rot out the teeth from bacteria and also damage her incoming teeth. Also the milk runs down the ear canal and can cause ear infections. If the infant is thirsty, have them drink from a cup or feed them before bedtime. Never insert a cup of juice or milk in their bed. Children will remove the top and spill the contents.

Be careful when buying baby food. When you open the jar, check for any pieces of glass from the top of the jar. Sometimes in shipping, stocking and scanning your groceries the jars get banged around and can cause chipping of the jars. Make sure the jar safety cap is not popped. If it is, discard the food immediately. Report any baby food from being tampered with to the store or company that manufactures the food. This way the company representative can inspect the delivery and monitor the store for any future incidents.

Cereal for babies is a grain product and grain products draw bugs. Check all boxes before making cereal for your baby.

Keep your baby on formula or breastmilk for the first year. Cow's milk is too hard for them to digest and can interfere with the absorption of iron in their food.

There is no need to give your child hot solid foods. Most children eat their food as "finger foods", and prefer them cooler when handling.

Be sure and give your child vitamins throughout the infant and toddler stages. Ask your pediatrician which are the best for your baby. Flouride was recommended years ago for children living states that did not have flourinated water.

Now they recommended not giving your child more flouride then they need. Brushing their teeth will give your child protection against tooth decay.

Using common sense when feeding your child will keep them healthy way into their teens.

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