Healthy Eating Habbits for Infants

Having the first hand experience in taking care of an infant may involve making him comfortable as much as possible like changing the diapers, but what’s more important is ensuring that the child is gaining a healthy diet.

On the first year of the child, growth spurts and it is really essential for nurses to assist and educate mothers and care givers with the facts about healthy eating patterns of an infant. Looking forward for a healthy eating pattern may need to start it within the first months such as goo eating habits.

Here are pointers to remember:

I – Initiate one food at a time. Babies would love the new taste of the food and it is fitting to introduce each food one at a time about 5 to 7 days. In this manner, allergic reaction or choice of food can be observed.

N – No salt or sugar please. Go for natural like mashed potatoes. Avoid using canned foods since they have artificial preservatives that may be harmful in the baby’s stomach.

F – First make it a teaspoon up to tablespoon. It is a rule of thumb to introduce solids foods in small amounts so that baby’s can digest it.

A – Always use a spoon when feeding. This is the way in order for the baby to get used with the image of the spoon as well as making it easier for him to know that it is feeding time.

N – No more feeding bottles on the first birthday. Make it a culminating event for feeding bottles on the first year of the child. In this manner, mothers will be able to remember well when was the time their babies have given up bottle feeding and started on solid foods.

T – Take the baby’s diet up a notch. Do not limit the food choice for babies. In this manner, the child may be able to develop good adaptation with a wide variety of food groups. This would also help in preventing the attitude of being picky with foods.

Here are the signs that the infant is ready for solid food:

  1. The baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex wherein the baby can drink and swallow liquids without regurgitating. On the fourth to sixth month, the baby can be introduced with solid foods.
  2. The baby can make actions that he or she is full by refusing additional feeding or milk feeding.
  3. Sitting up and holding his head with no assistance on the back.
  4. Birth weight doubles, this is a sign of growth spurt thus it needs more nourishment.
  5. Having an eye on the foods that adults usually eat.

Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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