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On Dexolac and mother milk. Taking Nestum. Passing stools once a day. Can I give raagi mix?

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This is regarding diet plan for my kid
My daughter is 5 months and 14 days old. She weighs 6.6 kg, is active in general and sleeps for relatively less time compared to the kids of her age.
She is mainly on Dexolac 1.0 & mother’s milk. She has recently started taking Nestum (rice based) after completion of 5 months.
We sometimes feel whatever she is taking is not enough for her. Also, she is passing stools once in two days approximately after starting of Nestum which used to be daily earlier.
Considering the above details, please advise a good diet plan for now and future for my kid. Can we give raagi mix and some fruit extracts?

Thanks in advance

Posted Tue, 27 Aug 2013 in Diet Plans
Answered by Meenakshi Attrey 1 hour later

Thanks for posting the query.

As mentioned, your daughter is 5 months old and you have just started weaning.
It is natural for the baby to take some time to adjust to solid food. Her weight is good for her age, and if she is sufficiently active, there is nothing to worry about. At this age it is very hard to implement a diet plan to the baby. They just feed when they feel like though two feeds should be two hours apart.

Usually babies eat solid food up to 5 - 6 times in a day, but we have to introduce slowly. For now she can have baby cereal only one to two times a day. After 7 months of age we can introduce vegetables and soup. After 9 months we can introduce thicker foods like properly mashed roti etc. By one year of age her routine will look more like an adult. The babies' mother is the best person to assess if the baby is ready for thicker food or not.

The good foods for her would be, pureed and strained vegetables, fruit juices, and fresh yogurt. Start with small quantities and see if the baby appreciate the flavor of the food. Never force feed, this might irritate the baby. Try feeding after sometime if required. Maintain the timings and the routine.
You may also try soups and mashed dals like moong and pureed peas.
Introduce one food at a time and keep a food diary to record the progress. this would also help you in maintaining a record of the foods that she likes or dislikes. Also, this would serve as a tool to identify food allergies, if any, at an early stage.

Do not add any salt or sugar in her food until one year of age. And while buying the commercial formulations, choose the gluten free ones.

The bowel movement pattern is sensitive towards the type of food given to the baby. It is fine even if she is passing motions once in two days. But it is important to keep a check on it. If the stools are hard and difficult to pass then you are required to add more fluids to her diet. You may also increase the frequency of breast feeding for sometime. Plain water and coconut water also are very good options for fluids.

Hope this would help.


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