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What foods can be given to infants? Need diet plan - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Mar-2013
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User:I am XXXXXX
Doctor:How are you doing?
User:I am doing good
User:Thank you
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:My son is in his 7th month ow
User:Tried feeding him rice and dal
User:he is not liking it and he is putting everything out
User:Can you please what else can be given to my son
Doctor:Its a age, varalakshmi, where you will have to experiment a lot
Doctor:You'll have to try with different tastes
Doctor:like you can give suji kheer or rice kheer or some halwa
Doctor:you can also give pureed XXXXXXX or fruit juice
User:his doctor advised not to givesweet
Doctor:You have to get him into the habit of eating first
Doctor:I am telling you to give only small quantities
Doctor:But its energy dense
Doctor:Plus you can give oats with masala
Doctor:Anything that you eat, you can give to him
Doctor:Just it should be soft enough
User:Will try today and then get back you
User:thank you
Doctor:You can give things like bread in milk
Doctor:or some biscuits in milk
Doctor:Little bit
Doctor:so you have an idea about what your child likes
Doctor:then you can make food accordingly
Doctor:You know things like pulao with lots of vegetables
Doctor:Try and make him eat things which have all the food grops
User:His doctr also advised not to give biscuits
Doctor:you will notice, if you give it to him in his hand, he'll eat it on his own
Doctor:thats because parents will then give only biscuits
Doctor:They're convenient and easily available
Doctor:Thats why we say no generally
Doctor:But it would be better to give him something than to have him stay hungry through the day
Doctor:Moderation, Varalakshmi, is something we need to understand and implement
User:since you are advicing biscuits wichbiscuitsdo you advise
Doctor:any glucose biscuit,
Doctor:It will be ok
User:can i give goodday biscuits
Doctor:like 1/3rd or less than that
Doctor:you will have to break it up into smaller pieces
Doctor:I said glucose biscuits as they are the softest
Doctor:But you need to be careful
Doctor:You need to break this into very small pieces and give it
Doctor:Otherwise there's a chance that it'll get stuck
Doctor:another thing is that if you add colour to the food you give, your child will be more interested in the food
Doctor:So use lots of vegetables etc on anything
Doctor:If it looks attractive, there's a greater chance of him having it
Doctor:also, give him small quantities at a time
Doctor:You'll need to be patient and give him lots of time
Doctor:like give 1/2-1 tsp and then ait
Doctor:are you still breastfeeding him?
Doctor:Do you follow?
Doctor:Are you breastfeeding him or giving him a formula?
User:I still breast feed him only in the night
User:as i got ot work
User:go to**
Doctor:have you tried pureeing fruits?
User:Day formula and night i feed him
User:fruit not yet
User:which are the fruits i can try
Doctor:You'll have to mash a banana
Doctor:or take an XXXXXXX boil it and mash it
Doctor:It needs to be either a puree or semi-solid
Doctor:If you can mash papaya, sapota, that will also do
Doctor:One more suggestion
Doctor:Take whole wheat bread and soak it in milk with little sugar(like 1/3-1/2 tsp sugar)
Doctor:once it becomes very soft
Doctor:you can give it to him
Doctor:Does that help?
User: XXXXXXX -doi need to peelthe skin
Doctor:Yes, preferably
Doctor:Because you cant mash the skin
Doctor:But once you boil it, it'll get separated
Doctor:so you dont need to peel the skin as such
User:Very usful information will try today and then see
User:Will get back to you if t doesnt work
Doctor:There is 1 thing I needed to emphasize
Doctor:You will find a lot of people giving some ice cream or chocolate to your baby
Doctor:make sure you control it
Doctor:childhood obesity is 1 thing we are very concerned about
Doctor:and parents just let their children eat anything
Doctor:so make sure your child eats healthy
Doctor:Once in a while, its ok
Doctor:But it should not be a habit
Doctor:Is that ok?
User:Very useful information
User:Thank you very much
Doctor:Is there any other concern I can address
User:Nothing i could think of now....
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