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Feeding Solid Foods to Infants

Foods to Avoid

There are certain foods that should be avoided until your infant is at least one year of age. This includes:
  • Cow's milk (not enough iron)
  • Honey (increased risk of botulism)
  • Nuts, grapes, baby carrots, and other hard, round foods (increased chance of choking).
You may have read that children at high risk for allergic conditions (asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, and food allergies) should not be given highly allergic foods when introducing solid foods. This includes eggs, cow's milk, fish, peanuts, and tree nuts.
However, current research does not support this. Healthcare providers recommend that these foods be introduced in the same manner as other foods. However, there are some extra precautions that you should take if your child may be at risk (see Allergies and Starting Solid Foods).

Avoiding Constipation

Introducing solids to your infant's diet is more than likely going to cause an upset in his or her digestive system. Constipation is one of the common problems that can occur.
If constipation is a problem for your child, you can try foods that are less constipating, like peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, or foods that contain sorbitol (a sugar found naturally in fruits). Examples of these foods include apples, peaches, and pears.
Apple, prune, or pear juice can also do the trick. Just make sure not to exceed the recommended daily amounts for these juices (four to six ounces). You can also try substituting barley cereal for rice cereal. Doing this will help keep things moving and make the whole transition a little easier on your baby's system.
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