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Posted by: lolli | 2005/01/07

Q.

The right time to introduce solids

In 2000 i had a bouncy little girl, but then I was still young (20) and my mommy took care of the baby. She did everything and then insisted on feeding the baby after four weeks (1 month). She did that and my baby has been fine, no problems. But I read somewhere that it is best to introduce solids after 4-6 months, as early introductions might lead to allergies. Now my daughter has allegic asthma and bronchitis, and I keep wondering if this is linked to the fact that my mom introduced her to solid at 4 weeks.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

The guideline would be to introduce solids from around 3-4 months of age, but it is unlikely that your child's allergies are due to her starting solids so early.

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Posted by: Purple | 2005/01/07

Attitudes to solids change with every generation.

Current thoughts are that you shouldn't introduce before 4 months at the earliest.

However, the best advice I was given, and which has ended up with my baby having a wonderfully positive attitude to food, eating almost everything on offer, and eating food with lots of texture from early on was looking for the following signs as readiness for solids. These signs are usually present around 6 months - sometimes a little before or a little after:

-tongue thrust reflex is gone (if you put liquidised food in baby's mouth, it doesn't come out again)
-baby can sit up nice and straight in your lap when supported
-baby reaches for food that you are eating
-baby watches everthing you eat and recognises food as food
-can pass things from one hand to the other
-when baby brings things to his mouth, they go directly to the mouth and don't bang the forehead or nose or ear on the way there.

Babies can develop sensitivities or allergies to foods if they are offered too early. Also, baby can get a painful tummy as they can't actually digest anything but milk.

It is best that babies are exclusively breast fed until 6 months (you give absoloutely nothing but breast milk until 6 months), after 6 months, you continue to breastfeed (ideally until baby self weans between age 2 and 4 - but this isn't practical, so 12 months is seen as the next best thing), and you give solids in addition to the breast milk. From about 8 months you can start giving cooled boiled water to drink.

Look back at other postings on this forum where there is lots of information on giving solids. You will also see all the different opinions to solids.

You should read up as much as you can (not information supplied by purity - they aren't impartial) and then make your own decision.

In the olden days, when our great grandmothers had our granny's and formula and blenders didn't exist, babies were exclusively breast fed until 8 months, and were then given the same food as the rest of the family, just cut up into smaller pieces.

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