Like I said before; putting your baby on solids can be both exciting and stressful… Some things I have come to realise gave me a bit of mom-anxiety are (1) Allergies, (2) Pain or sickness from indigestion, (3) No interest.
So lets talk about each…
ALLERGIES: Well the scary reality of it is this — if your infant goes into anaphylactic shock — you may only have minutes to get them to a hospital. This can be from a bee sting, bug bite, food or medicine that they are highly allergic to. So yes, you’re told to avoid peanuts and heavy medications until their at least a year of age but they could easily have an anaphylatic allergy to eggs or citrus fruit… you never know! Less severe allergic reactions have symptoms such as swelling, itching, chest congestion and other “cold-like symptoms”. Watch carefully for them and remember in the beginning to keep track of what you feed them – AND use the 3 day rule when introducing new foods so you can more easily track back to what the reaction could be caused from.
* Here is a little something to read about allergies in infants *Infants & Allergies
PAIN OR SICKNESS FROM INDIGESTION: This is not something I even thought of before… I figured R would like the food, dislike the food, or have an allergy to the food. Well I was wrong. I noticed that even something as minor as the size of her food, or the texture can cause vomiting or cramps. The first time was after chicken and I immediately blamed myself for not cooking it enough. I was so scared to introduce meat to her for a while. But sure enough I did – and she LOVES chicken, turkey and beef! And most importantly she didn’t have food poisoning… turns out her tummy just “didnt like the chicken”as the doc said! Same with corn. While we were sitting at the patio table eating dinner, she grabbed my cob of corn, and was nibbling at it. She didn’t have teeth at the time so I didn’t think she’d actually get a bite out. Sure enough – she ate about 5 kernels. And was throwing them up for hours!
What I have learned from my experience in this category: Steam & Puree for as long as you need to. Right when I thought R was ready for whole peas or uncooked apples — she either got constipated, or severe vomiting. I guess its always trial and error when it comes to introducing foods but those guides as to what to introduce and when — FOLLOW them! Try not to panic either – there is a chance that your little one isn’t allergic, but just has a sensitive stomache.
Gassy veggies to avoid: broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Hard, round, bloated belly — watch for it! Could be why their fussing!!
*Common sense Tip*: Give them lots of fluids with or in between every meal rather its breast milk, formula, or water!! They are never too young for water!
NO INTEREST: As a mom pointed out in a comment on Monday’s post, its frustrating when your baby decides they do not like the taste, texture or temperature of foods you offer. That will be especailly frustrating in the beginning while you’re limited to what you can serve them. I was fortunate to have a very hungry, non-picky baby (much like her mommy as my husband likes to joke). R ate everything I served her and didn’t care if it was warm or cold, (which made it so very convenient when we were out and about) chunky or smooth, thin or thick. Watch for a post on Tuesday all about babies who are always gagging and vommiting from finger food and solids.
What were your biggest fears and how did you handle them? Have you had any experiences with difficulty or major scares?
Looking forward to it!