Introduce Foods Slowly to Baby

When you begin introducing solid foods to a baby, do so slowly and one at a time. That way, it is easier to identify potential food allergies.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you start trying solid foods when your baby is between 4 and 6 months old,” says R. Kingsley Bost, MD, pediatrician, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “Many parents start with rice cereal, then gradually move to fruits and vegetables.”

If you start three different new foods on the same day and your child develops a reaction, it can be difficult to tell which food was the culprit. Instead, wait three to five days after introducing one new food before trying another.

“If your child develops hives; a rash; has trouble breathing; vomiting or swelling in the tongue, lips or face, seek medical treatment right away,” says Bost. “Your child may be suffering an allergic reaction.”

To make an appointment with Bost, call 573-331-3000 or visit his webpage to learn more.

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