We’ve already started the discussion about food allergies and sensitivities on this blog; if you haven’t read the overview article yet, you can find it here. If you’ve read that article, you have a nice foundation of knowledge about the difference between food allergies, food sensitivities, and food intolerances. You also know a bit more about the potential causes of your baby’s food issues, as well as the likelihood that your baby will outgrow his food allergies or sensitivities. That’s
They affect 6 million children in the U.S. They can be life-threatening. And they are becoming more widespread. We’re talking about food allergies. Childhood food allergies are becoming a growing public health concern, mainly because rates of food allergies appear to be on the rise. That means that a growing number of parents have babies and toddlers who are struggling with food allergies. And it’s likely that some of you, our readers, are dealing with this very thing in your own
We’ve talked already about what to do if you suspect that you’re feeding your baby too much solid food. But what if you have the opposite problem? What if no amount of coaxing or pleading or “here comes the airplane!” maneuvering can get your baby to eat a bite of food? What should you do if your baby flat-out refuses to eat solid food? Baby Refusing Solids? Don't Panic! First, don’t worry -- just because your baby hates solids right now definitely doesn’t mean he’ll hate them forever!
Introducing a new food to your baby is an “iffy” thing. He might adore green beans the first time he eats them, and gobble them up with relish. On the other hand, he might spit them right back out and give you his biggest glare. There’s no way to predict how your baby will react to new foods. But there are steps you can take to help your baby enjoy her new food as much as possible. Offer the breast or a bottle before offering a new food. This is good advice to follow anyway (especially
Starting solids is a big step for your baby -- he’s learning a whole new way of eating, after all! All those new foods affect his every aspect of his digestion, including what ends up in his diapers. That’s right -- we’re talking poop today! Starting Solids? The Poop Changes! Before you start your baby on solid foods, it’s best to prepare yourself in advance for the fact that starting solids will probably affect your baby’s poop. The poop will smell worse. The poop may be brightly colored.
Starting solid foods with your baby brings so many fun things, doesn’t it? New bibs! Cute utensils! Yummy tastes and textures! Unfortunately, starting solids can also cause a not-so-fun side effect: constipation. We’ve mentioned before that your baby’s poop will most definitely change when he starts solids. Colorful poop, or poop that contains small bits of undigested food, is nothing to worry about. But days and days of no poop? Or poop that’s hard and dry? That’s cause for concern. In this
If you’ve been following our article series so far, you know the guidelines for when and how to start solid foods with your baby. And if you’ve put our advice into practice, your baby may now be eating small amounts of solid food. If that’s the case -- congratulations! We’re hoping your baby loves this newfound way of eating :) But some of you may be shaking your head right now and thinking to yourselves, “Love it? He HATES it!” Or your baby may have started showing some strange (or even