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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Tina | 2005/07/12

Q.

Solids: Fruit & Veggies

At the moment my 5 1/2 month old son is having cereal for breakfast; 3 x 175ml cups of formula and homemade butternut for supper.

I was going to start giving him fruit at lunchtime, but another mom at my son's daycare is going to give her son fruit for supper.

I read in the Baby Sense book to give fruit in the day. Does it matter at which meal he would eat his fruit or veggies?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

No problem when you give fruit.

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Posted by: Purple | 2005/07/13

Yes, I was also told that about breast fed babies and I certainly found it true myself. My son is a champion eater, he even eats olives, loves chicken livers, is always eager to try new and interesting foods.

If the tongue thrust reflex is gone, then its fine for him to be on solids. I'm sure you know already that it is a protection thing to stop solids going down. Its just our generation still has the left over bad advice from our parents generation about when to start solids.

Reply to Purple
Posted by: Tina | 2005/07/13

Thanks for the advice, Purple.

I was going to give him fruit in the day because I read that it might be too acidic for the night and just wanted confirmation about that.

My son's tongue thrust reflex is actually quite good and he doesn't push his food out which makes feeding him quite easy. He's taken to the solids quite well and isn't a fussy eater. I read that breastfeed babies take to solids better because of the variety of foods they taste while being breastfeed. It's turned out true in my case. :-)

Thanks again!

Reply to Tina
Posted by: Purple | 2005/07/13

No, it really doesn't matter.

However, I never introduced a new food in the evenings so that if my son had a reaction to it, I dealt with it during the day. Once my baby was used to it, I would give in the evenings.

My son had a mid morning meal from 6 months, and by 7 months was having supper as well. Only by 9 months was he having three meals and two snacks a day.

Its not ideal to start any solids before about 6 months when your baby's tongue thrust reflex has dissapeared.

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