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Premature born on formula feed, on semi solid food. What else can be given now? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 28-May-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Hello doctor
User:I have a son he is 6 months old now. He was born premature in 31.5 weeks.
User:He is on formula feed now. I wanted to start with solid food for him. is it ok
User:and what food should i start with
Doctor:Yes, he can be started on oral feeds now.
Doctor:Breast milk and formula feeds are usually weaned off at 6 months of age and semi solid food are slowly started.
Doctor:The best solid food are mashed rice, potatoes.
Doctor:Other supplements are smashed fruits like banana, papaya, egg.
User:ok.. Mashed rice will be with milk soi should i mix whole milk or formula milk
Doctor:Non vegetarian diet like small amount of meat can also be added.
Doctor:These are the usual weaning foods suggested.
User:Can he be given cows milk??
Doctor:You can consider discussing with your pediatrician and start these feeds.
Doctor:Yes, topup milk such as cow's milk can also be started.
Doctor:The most important thing while
Doctor:weaning is these
Doctor:* I mean the following
Doctor:1. Start weaning slowly and gradually.
Doctor:2. You need to start one particular diet first.
Doctor:The diet has to be in very small amounts initially.
Doctor:If your son tolerates it well, it can be gradually increased slowly.
Doctor:if there is no problem another diet can be added.
Doctor:3. While you start the diet initially watch for vomiting or loose stools.
User:Ok suppose if i start with banana so i need to give him bananas for a week or so and then introduce other fruit or i can introduce 2 or 3 fruits at a time
Doctor:These are symptoms that your son is not tolerating the feeds.
Doctor:If your son doesn't tolerate well, then the feeds needs to be stopped.
Doctor:The ideal starting feed would be rice with mashed potato or milk.
Doctor:4. Do not try feed him every thing at once.
Doctor:I mean the process should be very gradual and slow
Doctor:The basic idea is to replace solid food over a period of next 6 months to an year.
Doctor:So that by the time he reaches an year or one and half, he can be taking most adult food.
Doctor:5. If you find any unusual symptom while weaning, stop the foods and consult your pediatrician.
Doctor:Have you followed what I suggested?
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:absolutely.. Thank you very much for all the valuable suggestions. No i do not have any other query now
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
User:bye Thanks a lot
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