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When to start feeding solids to a child? Apart from cerelac what else can given? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Jun-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:good morning dr
User:i have kid of 3months old
User:when can we start feeding cerelac to him?
Doctor:You can start other feeds after 4 months of age.
Doctor:Untill 4 months, your child needs to be exclusively breast feed.
Doctor:Cerelac and other semisolid food can be tried thereafter.
Doctor:If your child doesn't tolerate it, he/she will be able to tolerate it after 6 months.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:yes.. following
User:apart from cerelac do you suggest any other semisolid food?
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:apart from cerelac do you suggest any other semisolid food?
Doctor:Let me answer your other query this way.
Doctor:The process of starting new feed is termed weaning in medical terms.
Doctor:Apart from cerelac, the weaning foods are
Doctor:boiled and smashed rice.
Doctor:Boiled and mashed potatoes
Doctor:rice with dhal and lentils mashed.
Doctor:Softly churned XXXXXXX banana and other fruits.
Doctor:Soft vegetables.
Doctor:Small pieces of egg white.
Doctor:Small pieced of meat and other non vegetarian diet.
Doctor:you can add these list of food to his/her diet gradually may be after 6 months.
Doctor:The basic instruction is to be slow and gradual on the weaning.
Doctor:Make sure you watch the child whenever supplementing the first feed.
Doctor:If the child doesn't tolerate it stop it and retry it after a 3-5 days.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:yes.. following
Doctor:Do you have any doubts?
User:one more question, my little one is snoring while sleeping, is this expected in kids at this age?
Doctor:Snoring can be seen in new born too.
Doctor:It does not signify any serious problem if there is no difficulty in breathing.
User:he doesnt have any serious problem, but he takes breathe with nose as well as with mouth
Doctor:If snoring persists as she grows, you can get her nose and throat checked by pediatrician/ENT
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:yes.. following
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:is it okay to take the breath with mouth?
Doctor:Apart from mouth getting dry and drying of lips, it does not cause any serious problem.
Doctor:Therefore if your child is growing well and active and not experience any breathing issues, I do not think there is any problem.
User:If snoring persists as she grows, you can get her nose and throat checked by pediatrician/ENT - till what age i should wait and consult the ENT specialist?
Doctor:The nasal bones also grows with time and age. 5 years would be the ideal age to get things corrected (if at all there is a problem).
User:ok thank you, one more question i have
User:mother doesnt have sufficient milk for breast feed, so doctor suggested to use buffallo milk, we are using 50% of milk and 50% of water, are we using the correct ratio of milk and water?
Doctor:You can consult her pediatrician the next time who can evaluate her and prescribe her nasal solutions if needed.
Doctor:I hope all your queries are answered.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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