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Is it advisable to start solid food for an infant of 6 months?

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: Should i be starting solid food with my 6 month old if he still has some trouble holding head on his own?

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Answered by Dr. Arun (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
you can start no problem

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Thanks for writing to us.
Six months is the ideal time for starting weaning foods.
I usually recommend boiled vegetables and fruits like boiled apple as the first weaning food.
You can also start cereals and pulses like cerelac or rice gruel once or twice a day.
Don't delay starting weaning foods for head control.
You need to give him nutrition as breastfeeding alone cannot meet his demands after 6 months.
Continue breastfeeding along with solids. Worldwide it is recommended to breastfeed upto 2 years but slowly decrease breastfeeding frequency and increase solid frequency.
Example: 6 to 8 months Two semi solid feeds per day
8 to 10 months 4 semi solid feeds per day.
After that 6 solid feeds per day.
Wishing your child good health.
Regards
Dr Arun
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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welcome

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Welcome
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Brief Answer: you can start no problem Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to us. Six months is the ideal time for starting weaning foods. I usually recommend boiled vegetables and fruits like boiled apple as the first weaning food. You can also start cereals and pulses like cerelac or rice gruel once or twice a day. Don't delay starting weaning foods for head control. You need to give him nutrition as breastfeeding alone cannot meet his demands after 6 months. Continue breastfeeding along with solids. Worldwide it is recommended to breastfeed upto 2 years but slowly decrease breastfeeding frequency and increase solid frequency. Example: 6 to 8 months Two semi solid feeds per day 8 to 10 months 4 semi solid feeds per day. After that 6 solid feeds per day. Wishing your child good health. Regards Dr Arun