Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Bugsy | 2009-05-23

Q.

Baby nutrition - amounts &  preservative issues!

Hello there,

Thanks in advance for your help.

I have a few questions regarding nutrition which I have listed below. My little boy is 8 months &  weighs around 10.3 kg!
I make my own food &  freeze blocks in large, silicone ice-cube trays.
He has 3 meals a day:
Breakfast: 1 block fruit + rice cereal
Lunch: 1 block protein + 2 blocks veggies (various veg)
Dinner: 3 blocks veggies (various veg)
Milk: 4 bottles (Novalac, amounts to 840ml per day)

Questions:
1. I am really worried about over-feeding &  don' t want to cause him weight problems later in life - he is a very big - should I give him slightly smaller portions? I never, ever force-feed him - he just always seem quite happy to eat!

2. Am I giving him enough protein? 1 block per day is all I give him currently. Is it better to give the protein at lunch or supper? He' s sometimes restless at night.

3. I am still experimenting with various fruits, but winter has come &  most are out of season. I have read that you can use dried fruits, add hot water to them &  puree them as needed. But of course there is the preservative issue. Most are preserved with Sulphur dioxide which is apparently harmful. Some are preserved with Potassium Sorbate - is this one ok?
Would it be ok for me to make purees with the ones preserved with just Potassium sorbate, like figs etc?

Best regards,
Bugsy

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You are feeding your baby very well and in a very clever way too. The protein should be given at lunchtime.I do not like using dried fruits especially because of the use of preservatives. In winter there are still many fruits available for your baby especially apples and pears.

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