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