17 Forbidden Foods You Should Avoid Giving Your Baby (Part 2)

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(Read the first part HERE.)

9. Unpasteurized cheese

This has a slight food poisoning risk in young babies. You’ll find though that most of the cheeses we have access to are pasteurized, so just check the label or ask to make sure it’s safe.

10. Fruit juice

Babies get all the nutrition they need from breastmilk or formula so there’s no real need to give them extra water or juice. But if you want to introduce your child to fruit juices, don’t give them more than 4 ounces a day to prevent them from having diarrhea.

11. Some kinds of fish

Many seafood like¬†shrimp, lobster, crab, scallops, can trigger an allergic reaction in babies under 1 year, especially if fish allergy runs in the family. In this case, wait until your baby is at least 2 years old to allow his immune system to strengthen. If there are no allergies, introductions can be made after 6 months, with your pediatrician’s advice. Swordfish, shark, tilefish and king mackerel, which are very high in mercury, is best avoided by both babies and adults.

12. Citrus and acidic fruits

While they are not exactly allergens, they may still cause rashes and other digestive upsets due to its acidity. Remember that even non-citrus fruits, like tomato, is acidic. It is recommended, however, that you wait until after 6 months before giving small amounts to your baby.

13. Berries

Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries were previously not recommended until after 1 year of age after causing allergies in many babies. That’s changed, however. Now they’re marked safe for babies aged anywhere between 6 to 12 months. Processed strawberries also have a lower risk of causing allergies, unlike raw strawberries that¬†create irritation like prickly heat.

14. Corn

Aside from being a possible allergen, they’re not very rich in nutrients. But if you choose to introduce and give your baby corn, remember not to give the bits themselves as they can be choking hazards and to wait until after 6 months.

15. Wheat

If your baby has no history of wheat allergy or gluten intolerance, it’s suggested that offering wheat products is fine after 8 months. If they do, however, it’s best to wait until after about 2 years or once your pediatrician gives the go signal.

16. Sugar and salt

Babies don’t need any sugar and salt, plus they can cause tooth decay and kidney problems, respectively. Better wait until they’re bigger if you wish to be on the extra safe side.

17. High fibrous food

Fibrous foods like fruits and vegetables are good for babies after 6 months. However, other high-fiber food like black bread should be avoided because they make babies feel full and avoid other foods, which decreases their chances of absorbing crucial nutrients under 1 year, like calcium and iron.

 

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