Childhood Diseases

Posted by: mona | 2012/02/17


babies and solids

Hi doc, my girl is just over 8 months and eating well. I was just wondering if it is still necessary to be so extremely cautious about what goes into her solids?for eg, can I give her normal yogurt eg parmalat/nutriday etc(what is the difference between childrens yoghurt and the normal types) and if I make mash for example, must it be just potatoes or is it ok to feed her of my plate where the mash contains some butter and milk? I try to cut out most sugars and attitives but sometimes it is just difficult to make everything seperate from the rest!

Expert's Reply



Your baby is certainly ready to have yoghurt now. You can use plain unsweetened yoghurt which must have added 'good bacteria' and must not be the low fat variety. It must be a full cream yoghurt for children under two years.Read the label very carefully.You can also give your baby a little mash which should again contain a little full cream milk if you are going to add any milk.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/02/20

Witht he little bits that baby eats off your plate, it doesn''t matter if there is a little bit of salt or butter in it.

We live in a hot country, and a tiny bit of salt is fine - we give animals salt licks - its too much salt that is bad, and very bad for baby with its little kidneys. A little bit of butter is also fine as its full of omega 3 fatty acids (margarine is not though). When I had my son we were advised no salt or butter, but I have a 9 month old now and the clinic sister said that the guidelines have changed and a little bit of salt or butter is considered all right now. It changes all the time though, I just go with whatever the current research is saying, so my son had no butter and salt and my daughter has some. Both my children seem perfectly fine, so who knows.

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Posted by: R | 2012/02/20

If you want to buy the full cream yoghurt. Woolies have that, and sometimes Spar as well. Recently PnP has also started carrying full cream yoghurt, but you can''t always find it. Check the dates on the yoghurts, because they expire quite quickly.

The problem with our normal mash is we usually put salt in, and babies shouldn''t have salt.

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