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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Helz | 2004/10/13

Q.

Infant Feeding

What are the medical implications of feeding a one month old child "solid" foods, like squash or begetables?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Breast milk (or infant frmula) contains all the necessary ingredients for a baby to grow and develop during the first 3-6 months. Babies may also struggle to take in solids and although it is not harmful (unless they aspirate - inhale it into their lungs) it is completely unnecessary.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/13

The baby can't digest any solid food as the intestinal tract is too immature. You should only start solids at 6 months, when baby can sit well supported, grab food, recognise food as food and when holding something in its hand can take it directly to his/her mouth.

It is an old wives tale that solids/cereal will make your baby sleep better.

At one month old, your baby only needs milk - no water, rooibos, juice, cereal, solids or anything. So long as you are demand feeding milk, your baby has about 6 wet nappies, 2 - 5 pood nappies a day (breast fed), and is gaining weight every week when you weigh, all is well.

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