Foods Baby’s Should Avoid

This foods baby’s should avoid article is based on advice from the NHS

Salt

Babies should avoid eating salt as it is harmful to their kidneys. Do not add any salt to your baby’s food and don’t use  gravy as it is high in salt. Do remember this if  you’re cooking for the family and you also plan to give the same food to baby.

Sugar

Babies don’t need any sugar. Avoid all sugary snacks and drinks, and you’ll help to stop tooth decay. Instead if you need to sweeten baby’s food, use mashed banana, or breast milk if necessary.

Honey

Sometimes, honey can contain bacteria which produces toxins inside a baby’s intestines, which can lead to baby botulism, which can also be a very serious illness. Try not to give baby any honey until they’re at least one year old. Remember honey is a sugar, and can cause tooth decay.

Nuts

Most whole nuts, including peanuts, shouldn’t be given to baby’s or children under five as they can choke on them. But as long as there is no food allergy history in your family, you can give baby peanuts after they’re six months old, but only if they’re crushed or ground into peanut butter.

Saturated fat

Don’t give your baby or child too many foods that are high in fat such as chips, cheap burgers, cake and chocolate.

Shark, swordfish and marlin

Most definitely do not give your baby shark, swordfish or marlin. These fish can have a large amount of mercury in them, which can affect a baby’s young developing nervous system.

Raw shellfish

Do not give raw shellfish to babies as it can increase the risk of food poisoning.

Raw and undercooked eggs

Cooked eggs can be given to babies over six months old, but make sure they’re well cooked until both the white and yolk are solid.

For more information on foods baby’s should avoid see the NHS website

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