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Having 6mth old baby. Is it healthy to give Nestum/Cerelac or home made foods?

Hello doc, I have 6 month old baby. I start giving some solid food like fruits, biscuit... I not wish to give nestum or cerelac, because I think these are preserve food. But my family member ask me to give nestum.. I not interested to have for my baby.. Nestum is good for baby health or home made foods are health. Pls can u give some suggestion please... I am confused...
Asked On : Sun, 17 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Hi Rizvana,
Thank you for yourery on Healthcare Magic.
As your child is 6 months you have to start complimentary feeding to meet his growth requirements in the form of infant solid food.
Both home made or commercially available infant food can be given to your child.
If you know to prepare the home made food, it is well and good to give it as you can add different tastes to the infant by changing the composition of foods within limits. This food is cost effective and easily available.
Whereas the commercially available foods are also used and they all are fortified with nutrients to meet the infant requirements.
Or you can go for both by giving one feed of commercially available and another feed with home made.
Hope I have answered your query.
Answered: Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query.
Since your baby is 6 months of age you can start complementary feeding.
It is better if you give home made food items and supplement ready made food items sometimes.
Start with boiled rice water ,boiled pulses water,coconut water.
One thing should be started at one time and should be continued for 5 to 7 days to rule out any allergy with any food item.
Afterwards you can give semisolids.

Wishing your baby good health.
God bless..
Answered: Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Himanshi Kashyap's  Response
I appreciate your concern .I agree with you home made food is the best when it comes to weaning.There are many advantages like it is prepared fresh and there is variety of food which can be given and the baby gets used to traditional food sooner .Nestum could be used when you are travelling when preparing food becomes a difficulty.
Take Care
Answered: Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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