6-Month-Old Baby (25 Weeks)
Say Cheese!Most babies have had their first few tastes of pureed fruits, vegetables, and a grain or two now that they are 6 months old. This is an especially fun time, as each mealtime can be a nutritious and colorful adventure.
If your little one is turning out to be a picky eater, there are a couple tricks that you might want to use to help ease the mealtime stress.
Sometimes the best thing a parent can do at these times is to be the best actor you can be. You might need to act because:
- Even though the food may smell funky and looks even worse, your best bet is to act like it is great. Even taking a few tastes yourself will make the food a little more enticing to your little one. You are your baby's most trusted source of information.
- Even though you might dread cleaning the kitchen floor and your baby's face after the meal, act like the mess doesn't bother you. Just let it happen -- it's not that bad.
Preventing Food Allergies EarlyA food allergy is an abnormal response, triggered by the body's immune system, to a food. Symptoms can include itching in the mouth, vomiting, hives, and swelling of the tongue (see Food Allergy Symptoms). Food allergies in children occur in up to 6 to 8 percent of children under the age of three.
Some babies can be very sensitive to new foods. As you get ready to begin solids, remember to watch your infant carefully each time he has taken in a new food. This is why it is always a good idea to start a new food at breakfast, giving you the whole day to watch for a reaction (rather than to be awakened in the middle of the night by a vomiting baby).
If your child has an unpleasant reaction to something he has eaten, you might wonder if he is allergic to it. While a food allergy is possible, it could also be another type of reaction called "food intolerance," which is far more common. You should consult with your child's healthcare provider if an adverse reaction happens with a new food.
(Click Food Allergies in Children to learn more.)