Infants under the age of 1 year do not have a perfect digestive system. Therefore, giving improper food intake can cause your child to experience health problems, ranging from digestive disorders to fatal poisoning.
Although after passing the age of 6 months your child can already be given complementary foods for breast milk (MPASI), it does not mean Mother can give him any type of food. The wrong food can actually affect the health and development of the baby’s digestive system.
Foods That Cannot Be Given to Babies
The following are foods that are not recommended to be given to children under 1 year of age:
1. Foods with lots of salt
Giving baby food that actually contains salt is still permissible. Just don’t overdo it. Add as little salt as possible to the food, just to taste. If excessive, salt can damage the developing kidneys.
2. Foods high in sugar
Just like salt, sugar intake in infants also needs to be limited. Give a little, just to give flavor to the food so the baby wants to eat. If it’s too much, sugar can damage a baby’s teeth. To add sweetness to the Little Food, Mother can add sweet fruits to the food.
3. Foods that contain lots of saturated fat
It is recommended not to give your child foods with high levels of saturated fat, such as potato chips or fried foods. To find out the saturated fat content in food products, you can read the nutrition labels on the packaging.
4. Seafood which is high in mercury
Various types of seafood, such as fish, shellfish, and lobster, do contain a lot of nutrients the body needs. However, you need to be careful because some seafood contains a lot of mercury, which is dangerous for the development of the baby’s nervous system.
We recommend that you consult with your doctor before giving seafood to your child if he is under 1 year old, especially if he has a history of allergies.
5. Raw or undercooked eggs
Eggs may be given to babies aged 6 months and over, but make sure the eggs are cooked until cooked. The reason is raw or undercooked eggs may contain Salmonella bacteria which can cause infection in infants.
Although known to have many health benefits, honey is not recommended for infants, because honey contains the bacterium Clostridium botulinum which can trigger botulism. For the good of Little, do not give honey before he is 1 year old.
7. Fruit juice
Fruit juice is not recommended to be given to children who are not yet 1 year old. The reason is the sugar content in fruit juices tends to be higher. In addition, fruit that has been processed into juice has lost most of its fiber content, making it less healthy than whole fruit.
Drinking fruit juice can make a child full so that they are not appetite when the meal arrives. Babies who consume too much fruit juice, especially processed juice in containers, are also more at risk of being overweight, tooth decay, and diarrhea. Therefore, it is better for Mother to give cut fruit to Little One.
So, don’t let the baby feed the wrong food, Mother. From now on, keep the foods above from the Little One’s plate. To find out more clearly what foods are recommended and prohibited for your child according to his body condition, Mother can consult a nutritionist or pediatrician.