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Suggest ideal diet for a 7 month old child

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Posted on Mon, 1 Jun 2015
Question: pls suggest diet for 7 months 3 weeks old baby. currently I am working. so giving him breast milk only from 6 pm till 9am. day time we are giving nan pro 2, ragi porridge/daal(2 tablespoon), banana or orange-1.pls suggest diet for him.
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Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Details below

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX

Thanks for the query

The diet should be a combination of food items to meet the nutritional requirement for proper growth of the baby.The combination should be such that it contains protein,carbohydrate and fat with enough calories.Try variety of foods as by this age increasing the variety the appetite/palatability improves.
Hereby I am suggesting the feeding plan for this age

Give 3 large servings per day with three to four small servings.One large serving means one 100 ml bowl.
The large serving should be made of mashed roti/bread/biscuit mixed in sweetened undiluted milk or mashed roti/rice/bread/dosa mixed with thick dal with added ghee/oil or khichadi with added ghee.Add cooked vegetables in the servings.You can also give dalia/suji ka halwa/kheer prepared in milk or any cereal porridge cooked in milk.You can give mashed boiled potato also.
In small serving give fruits and nan pro2.
Give banana,papaya,cheeko XXXXXXX to meet the vitamin's requirement.Change the menu daily.
You can add sugar of salt in small amount to increase the palatabilty.Unlike adults the small babies require larger proportion of fat(2-3 times more) to meet the calorie demand for their rapid growth.Add ghee generously if tolerated to increase the calorie value of diet.Continue breast feed.
I hope this would help.
I shall be glad to answer if you have any more doubts.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (11 minutes later)
my doctor suggested no sugar,salt or cow's milk till 1 year.
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Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (36 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Small amount of sugar or salt is OK

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the follow up

Till now there is no evidence based study which suggest that a baby's food should not contain salt or sugar.This is very subjective.
Many practitioner don't like to add sugar or salt to the food.

I have my reasons based on various research studies which shows that there is no harm in adding minimal amount of sugar or salt particularly if the baby prefers it.
It has been found that the taste buds of infant are not different from adults.The taste buds matures in fetus even before the delivery of baby and infants get the flavors from their mother's milk.Infant prefers the food consumed by mother during pregnancy and lactation.This is the reason during this period diet should be healthy.
So I recommend adding of minimal amount of sugar or salt to the baby's food particularly if it helps in better acceptance of food.
I agree with your doctor regarding the cow milk.Cow milk should be avoided in infants as there are chances of cow milk protein allergy.
Now by knowing all these facts you can choose better option.
Regards

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Brief Answer: Details below Detailed Answer: Hello XXXXXXX Thanks for the query The diet should be a combination of food items to meet the nutritional requirement for proper growth of the baby.The combination should be such that it contains protein,carbohydrate and fat with enough calories.Try variety of foods as by this age increasing the variety the appetite/palatability improves. Hereby I am suggesting the feeding plan for this age Give 3 large servings per day with three to four small servings.One large serving means one 100 ml bowl. The large serving should be made of mashed roti/bread/biscuit mixed in sweetened undiluted milk or mashed roti/rice/bread/dosa mixed with thick dal with added ghee/oil or khichadi with added ghee.Add cooked vegetables in the servings.You can also give dalia/suji ka halwa/kheer prepared in milk or any cereal porridge cooked in milk.You can give mashed boiled potato also. In small serving give fruits and nan pro2. Give banana,papaya,cheeko XXXXXXX to meet the vitamin's requirement.Change the menu daily. You can add sugar of salt in small amount to increase the palatabilty.Unlike adults the small babies require larger proportion of fat(2-3 times more) to meet the calorie demand for their rapid growth.Add ghee generously if tolerated to increase the calorie value of diet.Continue breast feed. I hope this would help. I shall be glad to answer if you have any more doubts. Regards