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10 Foods To Strictly Avoid Giving Your Baby

Are you giving any of these 10 foods to your baby? If you are, you might want to stop now. As your child grows, he/she will be eager to sample food from your plate, and you'll be eager to add variety to his/her diet. However, not all foods are safe for your child at every age.

Though, you will definitely continue to find pediatricians differing on their recommendations in your baby’s diet, where some remain cautious and others give the green light to any food after a certain age. Here's a list of foods to absolutely avoid feeding your baby. For your convenience, we have also included information on when you can include these foods into your child’s diet.

Note: Most of the foods are listed as they may pose a certain health risk, but not necessarily an allergy risk.

1. Whole milk

Lactose and milk proteins can cause allergic reactions and may also cause tummy troubles as they are hard to digest. Babies cannot handle the extra minerals, protein, and sodium present in cow's milk. Yogurt and cheese, on the other hand, are processed and thus tend to be more easily digested. Recommended age for starting consumption: After 1 year.

Recommended age for starting consumption: After 1 year.

2. Nuts

All kinds of nuts present choking hazards for babies under the age of 4 as they cannot chew these. Also, allergies are a possibility (especially from peanuts). Please ask your pediatrician about introducing peanuts and tree nuts to your baby. Reactions to these food items may be deadly.

Recommended age for starting consumption: After 4 years.

3. Citrus or acidic fruits

These are not allergens, but may cause rashes and digestive issues due to acidity. A dash of lemon or pineapple juice in a whole fruit puree is fine, but feeding the baby pureed or sliced oranges and pineapple is not recommended. Also, just because a fruit like tomato is not in the citrus family, does not mean that it is not acidic.

Recommended age for starting consumption: After 6 months.

4. Raw strawberries

A delicious fruit indeed, but raw strawberries should only be present in an adult’s diet. Given to babies, they may cause severe allergies. However, cooked strawberries are all right as the high temperature neutralizes the protein that causes the allergic response.

Recommended age for starting consumption: After 6 months.

5. Honey

Clostridium botulinum is a spore-forming organism that is common in nature, and there's a chance that honey may contain this bacteria causing prompt infant botulism. An adult's intestinal tract can prevent the growth of these spores, but for a baby, the spores can grow and produce life-threatening toxins due to the immaturity of a baby’s intestinal tract.

Recommended age for starting consumption: After 1 year.

6. Egg whites

Many pediatricians will say it is fine for an older infant to have baked goods that include whole eggs, but make sure both the white and the yellow part are fully cooked as they may cause salmonella infections, resulting in diarrhea.

Recommended age for starting consumption: After 1 year.

7. Hard raw veggies

Carrots, whole pieces of fruits and large round fruits like grapes and plums are all choking hazards. Soft-cook vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower or dice, shred or cut them into pieces no larger than 1/2 inch before serving. As for the fruits, cut them into smaller chewable pieces and you're good to go.

Recommended age for starting consumption: After 6 months.

8. Fish

Keep your baby away from it, especially shellfish like shrimp, crab meat, clams, if seafood allergies run in the family. Talk to your doctor to make a customized plan for your baby.

Recommended age for starting consumption: After 1 year.

9. Sugar

This is an absolute negative in your baby’s diet. Mild amounts are passable, but excessive sugar will cause tooth decay. Instead, you can use sweet fruits to sweeten your child’s food.

Recommended age for starting consumption: After 1 year.

10. Sticky food

Foods that are sticky are another choking hazard. Foods like jaggery, shrikhand, jam, and chewy candies can get lodged in your child's throat.

Recommended age for starting consumption: After 1 year.

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