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Diet advice for a 7 month old baby - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hello
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May i help you?
User :   i have a 7months old girl baby
Doctor :   Ok
User :   need to knw what food need to be given to her at this stage
User :   my wife is still feeding her
Doctor :   Till how may months she was given exclusive breast milk?
User :   still she is feeding her
Doctor :   usually at least 4 months of breast feeding is desired
Doctor :   its good to take to upto 6 months
Doctor :   since breast milk is very good for brain growth
User :   she doesnt want to stopn but that is nt enough now for the baby
Doctor :   once you start the other foods baby might have loose stools or vomiting at times for some time
User :   so any extra food needed to be given to her
Doctor :   yes from 6 months onwards you may start ragia nd other baby feeds
Doctor :   ragi
User :   she has started with giving he some fruits and vegetables
User :   ya and also ragi
Doctor :   yes it is needed
User :   wat does other babby feeds means?
Doctor :   for the body growth
Doctor :   like synthetic milk supplements
Doctor :   Either breast milk or formula are the main foods that will nourish the baby for the first year.
Doctor :   offer cereal, preferably starting with rice, moistened with breast milk or formula
Doctor :   At 7 to 8 months, start on vegetables...pureed or strained green beans, peas, squash, sweet or white potatoes.
User :   started to give her vegetables like boiled carrot, beans, beetroot,
Doctor :   ok thats good
Doctor :   continue that
User :   and fruits such as banana and apple
Doctor :   sometimes carrots may not digest well
Doctor :   so watch that
User :   bt if i give her a bit at this stage is dat ok
Doctor :   Non-citrus fruit juice
is a tasty addition to, but not a substitute for, milk. Dilute with 2 parts of water at first, or use juices made prepared specifically for babies (these are pure and pesticide-free).
User :   ya
Doctor :   then ok ,but dilute it
Doctor :   Avoid citrus juices until 1 year of age; little babies can have allergic reactions to them.
Doctor :   Once the veggies are well-received, begin fruits, such as apples, peaches, pears or plums
User :   so right now shall i stop fruits?
Doctor :   Once the mashed fruit is going down with no problem, introduce uncooked mashed fruit to improve chewing skills.
Doctor :   no you may give in small quantities
Doctor :   depending on her response
User :   ya i m giving her bolied apple juice
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   No need to sweeten and, most particularly, never add honey or corn syrup to anything.
Doctor :   These are not safe for babies under 1 year; they may contain botulism spores that infant digestive systems cannot destroy.
User :   sugar?
User :   salt?
Doctor :   sugar
Doctor :   At 8 months, you can add hard-boiled egg yolks, cottage cheese, and plain low-fat yogurt to the menu
Doctor :   Avoid egg whites due to possible allergic reactions; mash the yolk with formula and/or cereal.
User :   is cerelac good to give to children?
Doctor :   yes sure
User :   and lactogen?
Doctor :   its rich in calcium iron etc
Doctor :   either one
User :   ok
User :   nw today a bit she is facing problem. I mean like loose motion
Doctor :   Meats can be introduced after 9 months
User :   any medicine?
Doctor :   for what?
User :   for loose motion?
Doctor :   you may use prowell power
User :   hw to use it?
User :   is dat like glucose?
Doctor :   IT is a powder
Doctor :   you can mix it in boiled cool water
Doctor :   and give as sips
Doctor :   is there blood and mucus in stool
User :   no
Doctor :   for severe diarrhoea
User :   no
Doctor :   you may need ORS solution
User :   ORS needs to be given nw
User :   hw much?
Doctor :   it depends on the stool volume and frequency
Doctor :   and weight of the baby
User :   from morning till nw she has dome it 4 times
Doctor :   like half glasss for every 100ml
User :   my baby is 6.75kgs
Doctor :   you may try giving ors solution
Doctor :   is she taking oral feeds and fluids'
Doctor :   is she having fever
User :   no
User :   i m giving her packet milk
User :   AAAAAAA
Doctor :   give now only breast milk
User :   is it good
Doctor :   since it contains lot
Doctor :   of bacteria fighting proteins
Doctor :   and helps to resolve diarrhoea fast
Doctor :   give other oral feeds as usual
User :   only today bcoz she is nt well or everyday i shud nt give her packet milk?
Doctor :   if she is taking well
Doctor :   if she is having fever or blood in stool
Doctor :   or she is lethargic
Doctor :   take her to a paediatrician
Doctor :   fro examiantion
User :   nothing so she has it everyday without any problem
Doctor :   and if required iv fluids
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   it will be there for most
Doctor :   babies
Doctor :   as they will only slowly adapt to new foods
Doctor :   and their intestines
User :   so nw i can give her ORS soluton?
Doctor :   are only maturing slowly
Doctor :   yes you may with breast milk too
User :   ok
Doctor :   or if she is taking breast milk well give her
Doctor :   that as much as she wants
Doctor :   so she is not dehydrated
Doctor :   thast enough
User :   is it good to put her diapers at night time?
Doctor :   yes but
Doctor :   not tight ones
Doctor :   as collection of stool
Doctor :   can cause
Doctor :   skin irritation
Doctor :   called nappy rash
Doctor :   so wash everytime
Doctor :   and make it dry
User :   ok
Doctor :   tHANKS ..
User :   thanks a lot
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