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What solid food can i give to my 10 months old baby ?

hi my baby is 10 months old. she takes only 2 times of solid food that too just dhal rice. how much of water is needed for her, also can i add ghee to her food, and can i start to give her soaked badam in the form of paste, and can i start to give her raw banana ,orange. please i will be so thankful if some one gives me the answers to my question. also the baby is on breast milk.
Tue, 10 May 2011
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Ayurveda Specialist 's  Response
I am trying to give the answer according to scince of ayurveda.This age is called shkirad kal i.e. only milk as a food is recommanded mainly the mother milk.So that the health of child in this age depends on quality and quantity of mother's milk.Firstly as a mother your health (with mental status) is also important. You can take ghee+cow milk as a break fast along with full vegetable's diet.Besides you can also give some vetable soup to the child.The badam food is not recommanded.Do not give any fruit untill for 2 years.
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Ayurveda Specialist Dr. Ashutosh Thigale's  Response
After 1 year any seasonal fruit you can give to your baby.Ask to ayurvedic expert at your place.After one year,cow milk along with rise pej,wheat phulka,vegitable soups,some jwar bhakri you can give.That is easy digestable food.
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Ayurveda Specialist Dr. Ashutosh Thigale's  Response
The breast feeding is requried for 12 months.No fruit is recomanded because,while digestion the 'vipaka' of fruit becomes acidic and with milk it gives'avipak' of the milk which is very injurious to health especially for brain development.For other additions I must have to check the nadi of your child.
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anee's  Response
Hi,

Based on everything ive read and been told, the following is the advice I would give:

I think you need oto start weening your baby off the breast, usually 6 months is a good time to start, so sooner rather than later maybe? Also, You will find that when You do wean her off she will become more hungry.

Solid food 2 times a day is fine, but try to mix up the food, she needs a balanced diet and Dhal and rice constantly is not going to give her everything she needs.

If she's a picky eater and she ONLY likes dhal, you need to start adding other foods in to get her used to it, for example give slightly less dahl and rice than usual, add, perhaps a hard boiled egg on the side, try giving it to her on it's own, if she spits it out, mix it with the dhal.

Don't be scared to make a meal she doesn't usually eat, e.g. (if you eat meats) do some roast chicken and potatoes...if she refuses to eat it leave her, every 5 minutes try giving her spoon, she will eat when she gets hungry...If more than 2 hours pass her normal feeding time give her what she would normaly eat then do the same the next day until she eats what she's given.

If she's not a picky eater make sure you give a big variaty of food and blend it to a suitable consistantsy...not too watery for her age.

Give her as much water as she wants to drink. It's a good idea to get her used a bottle (or sippy cup is better at her age) so she can drink as she pleases. My son was drinking from a straw at 7months! it's the best thing that can happen, that way, when she gets thirsty all she has to do is go for her bottle and you won't have to worry about if she's thirsty. (it will give you a rest too!)

Try not to give any margerine, butter or ghee...after 1year u can slowly add it too her diet, but very small amounts...she doesnt really need it.

raw bananna is the easiest food to feed her rihght now, u don't need to do anything to it, just make sure its soft enough for her to 'bite' with her gums. not too much and not everyday. strawberries mash up easily too. appricots and plums when soft are great. You can also soften apples by coring them and slicing- then put on gas with small amout of water, about a table spoon, and slowly boil until soft.
Pediatrician Dr. Jasbir S Chugh's  Response
Hi Daisy

Your 10 month old baby can be slowly switched over to solid foods in next 2-3 months.

i shall give a list of various food items you can give to the baby. Do not start all simultaneously. Add a new item every week after ascertaining that the baby has tolerated the one you introduced last week without any allergic reaction.

Fluids: Baby needs about one liter of total fluid at this age in summer and a little less during winter.It is not the water only which fulfills this requirement. The total fluid from breast milk, formula feeds, juices,curd etc needs to be counted.You can ascertain the adequacy of fluid intake by wathing the urinary frequency of the baby. With proper fluid intake, she should pass urine 6-7 times a day.

Cereals:

Rice:Boiled mashed, Kichhari with added dal,

Wheat: Mashed bread in milk or curd, Dalia, Suji Halwa.

Proteins:

Whole boiled egg or yolk

Finely minced boiled or cooked meat, fish, tofu

Milk

No need to stop breast milk all of a sudden. Though the quantity is insufficient, the baby draws Psychological satisfaction through breast feeding by the mother.

Formula or whole milk should be given thrice a day with bowl and spoon. Don't use bottle to prevent diarrhea.Curd and custard may also be given.

Fruits and veggies:

Mashed Banana, soft mangoes, oranges

Boiled Potatoes, mashed boiled tomato.



So introduce these slowly and your baby will get used to them. However don't force her. Babies too have their likes and dislikes like adults.

Happy parenting and best wishes to your baby.

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General & Family Physician Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani's  Response
thanks for choosing health care majic.A 10 month old baby needs to be given more then mothers milk.See after six months the frequency of mother milk should reduced and top feeding should be encouraged.You can give dal-rice properly mixed,mashed potato or banana,fruit juice,vegetable soups etc.make sure it is easily palatable.you can judge by your experience.You can always add ghee to rice dal or any other cooked food you are giving.Start slowly and gradully build the quantity and then increase the frequency.You should add new thing to the diet at a time,too many things at a time leads to taste confusion and rejection.Continue mother milk limited time upto 1 year.Make an habit feeding baby from home made food ,no expensive formulas are needed in routine.
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