Our expert says:
I am sorry to hear that your baby has type 1 diabetes. If you have not already consulted a clinical dietitian, then Please do so. It is essential for anyone with diabetes to consult a clinical dietitian (esp for type 1 and in infants), because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will guide you through the various stages as your baby grows and starts to eat solid foods. Later on the child’s diet will be based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’. Search the site for more details about type 1 diabetes. Please don't give you baby Marie biscuits as they have a high GI. The dietitian will advise what finger foods the baby can eat instead.
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