When to Start Solid Foods with an Infant

hello welcome to fdtv i'm your host

saveetha here with dr. Sam and nurse

amber today we're going to talk about

when to start solid foods with their

infant the American Academy of

Pediatrics recommends that you can start

your baby on foods between the ages of

four to six months of age my little boy

and you guys have seen him on some

previous videos at that time he was

about two months old and now he just

turned five months old so we've actually

just started introducing these things to

him okay great and now what tell it fits

have you started um for him we actually

skipped grains I have a lot of food

allergies and they believe because of

the autoimmune disease that I have its

hereditary so we started him on grains

it didn't go well so my doctor my

immunologist recommended we went

straight to vegetables and fruit so

right now he's on spinach oh okay and

that's going really well he likes it he

he really does like it yeah good this is

just baby food you do or just um it

depends I I do both i puree and i buy

okay great yeah so how do you know your

baby may be ready to start solids a

couple of things the baby loses his

tongue thrust or almost loses it so if

you put a spoon in the baby's mouth and

it doesn't push it back out with its

tongue the baby's ready to start

accepting new foods the baby and this

was my son he's really interested in

food that we're eating so i'm holding

Jacob in my arm while I'm eating

something he kind of mouths a little bit

and so I could figure it out he was

starting to get a little hungry and then

also and i noticed this with my son too

he can actually suck in his bottom lip

to take food so when i put the spoon in

there he has like I call it the old man

like lips suck and he looks like he

doesn't have tea well he doesn't have to

you but like dentures he just sucks it

right in so that's another thing too we

can actually get the food into his mouth

which is important knee yeah well my

younger baby is big now so you start

from getting leasing I know well when I

was a baby my mom I always went to my

mom and I'd her food oh yeah yeah that's

that's how we learned that you guys are

ready that's so just like we were saying

most people do start off with a single

grain item like baby rice or baby

oatmeal single brain and these are the

two most commonly used due to the

decrease chances the baby may be

allergic to them I myself have a

horrendous wheat allergy I'm and that

you know I matter of fact my mom she was

actually talking to me and she was like

well what about cream of wheat because

it's easily dead you know easily

swallowed and I said no because but you

know a lot of people with allergies now

okay so so you don't have to start grain

no you don't have to start green um you

know again like with my son we did grain

for five days every day he had symptoms

that there was something maybe a little

bit off so he went ahead went to the

vegetables according to my pediatrician

immunologist and it was fine oh great

yeah yeah and what does your

pediatrician recommend um basically my

allergist and my pediatrician

recommended that we do one new food per

week make sure that we don't have a

reaction to it then we move on from

there one of the things that my

pediatrician said and you know take it

or leave it I I follow the advice I did

it with my daughter and she's a great

vegetable eater it start off with the

greens first babies like most people

have a natural affinity towards sweets

so starting off with a green actually

helps develop a better taste for the

green vegetables so all all both of my

children we started off on avocado

actually good and hopefully that'll give

him a lifelong love of fruit and

vegetables like you do right yeah yeah

and that's Michaela to my little girl

she I mean she didn't eat meat for the

first four years of her life not by

choice Wow not by my choice but by her

she just was a vegetable and fruit only

yeah yeah so uh so what about milk um

milks super important I think one of the

things that we have to remember as

parents is that your baby's main source

of nutrition is absolute breast milk

which is the best or formula and that's

21 years age at least the big thing to

remember of course though with doing

milk is that you can never give a baby

cows milk or soy milk it doesn't have

the nutritional properties that babies

require and it actually has higher

numbers of proteins actually can cause

kidney damage as well oh wow which is a

concern oh and there's some other foods

to stay away from too what are they um

nuts um you know everybody knows peanut

allergies a huge thing nowadays you

would never ever want to give her child

any type of nut butter even if it was

like sunflower almond because of the

stickiness remember a baby can have an

anaphylactic reaction reaction very


and you know as we've seen in our office

I mean those those are absolutely can be

fatal so that's really scary yeah a big

one is honey you know um people want to

kind of sweeten things up maybe you're

thinking about the rice or the porridge

or something like that never honey honey

contains botulism and it can cause death

and infants but for an adult it's fun

yeah it's just it's not processed so

it's not all honey but there is some

that do contain botulism but if an adult

takes it and it has a little we're big

enough that we can sustain it we're

gonna be yeah that's correct so yeah

anything else not that I can think of

right now I mean right now it's just you

know at least in our family is starting

the foods and learning all the rules

that go along with that another thing

that I always try to remember too is

look at the actual if you're going to

buy you know processed baby food which i

do is i buy the organic kind it actually

has the month recommendation on it too

there's a lot of foods that maybe just

don't write yet for my baby's belly

which you know and it'll stay on there

you know four to six months six to eight

eight to twelve so make sure that you

try to figure that in another thing is

to my pediatrician talk to me about was

make sure that we're not putting rice

cereal in the baby's bottle to thicken

it up a baby needs to have the skill of

loot learning to use a spoon and so

that's the reason they don't recommend

you doing that as the baby needs spoon

use to help with the tongue for us and

things like that nice yeah and yeah and

they grow quickly they do mwah okay take

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