introducing new foods: yogurt

even though you can’t start babies on milk until they turn 1, they can start to have yogurt at 6 months. like milk, until baby turns 2 it is best to give whole fat yogurt because fat is an important source for brain development. yogurt also has a lot of probiotics which is good for babies (as well as for adults). since it is derived from milk, it is also an excellent source of protein. because of its many benefits, yogurt is known as a power food – one which should be eaten daily. so as soon as we knew k could eat yogurt, we gave to her on a regular basis Continue reading “introducing new foods: yogurt”

recipe: milky green beans

per The Wholesome Baby Food Guide when introducing a new food, mix it with milk that baby has been drinking all her life to give him/her a familiar flavor. the food should be runny since s/he can’t chew yet so it’ll be easy to go down.
milky green beans
as smooth as that sounds, you shouldn’t put it in the bottle and have him/her drink it. it is still food and you want him/her to enjoy the beginning of his/her eating experience!

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solids: gathering information – part 2

as directed by almost all resources, we saw k’s pediatrician before we started her on solids. she provided us her recommended feeding introduction schedule which we took under advisement.

from the result of k’s food allergy tests, we knew there were some things we had to avoid. but even if there are some common foods we think know, we had to make sure to read up on it anyway, i.e. spelt, durum, semolina are in the wheat family. we also have to look at the fine print for details such as “manufactured in a facility that also processes …” or “may contain traces of …”

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solids: gathering information – part 1

months 4 and 5 had been focused on finding the root cause of k’s eczema. we spent time visiting the dermatologist and the allergists, following home direction as well as getting and then waiting results allergy tests. therefore we didn’t actually start k on solids until she was a little after 6 months old. Continue reading “solids: gathering information – part 1”

drink: cows milk allergy

in order to completely rule out cow milk as a cause of k’s eczema, the allergist suggested we give k a vegetable based formula instead of a milk/soy based formula for a few weeks. if k’s skin improves then milk may be a cause. if doesn’t improve at all, then it is not a cause for her eczema. Continue reading “drink: cows milk allergy”

food allergy: skin prick test

to figure out what is causing k’s eczema, the dermatologist suggested we take her for a skin prick test. you can test one or more food at a time. during the test an allergist uses a small plastic probe or needle and gently pricks or scratches the skin to allow a tiny amount of the solution containing the food allergen to enter just below the surface.

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