So When Can Babies Have Pineapple? Find Out More Here
Eating the right kind of food is on my top list when it comes to my baby. I want her to stay healthy and free from any form of sickness or discomfort in her body. That is why I make it a point to know more about the food before introducing it to her.
One of the foods that we enjoy at home is pineapple. The sweet, citrusy taste of pineapples makes it an excellent addition to salads, glazed meats and even on our bread and pastries. We also eat it as a fruit, cutting it into bite-size pieces for easy chewing.
Now, I am wondering, “When can babies have pineapple?” We wanted our child to enjoy eating pineapples as much as we do but we do not want to introduce it to her at the wrong time.
What Can Pineapples Do For You ?
Also considered as a super fruit, pineapples are packed with nutritional benefits that can make our bodies healthier. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Copper and Manganese. Pineapples also include the compound called Bromelain, which is known to fight cancer, improve the immune system and heals wounds.
Pineapples contain vitamins and minerals including a significant amount of Folate, Choline and Vitamin A. You can even find Vitamin B Complex, Calcium, Potassium, and Phosphorus in this fruit.
Health Benefits of Pineapple
Health Risks of Pineapples
While pineapples include health benefits that are good for the body, there are also side effects when you overeat the fruit. Unfortunately, your body may react adversely when eating pineapple depending on different factors.
Other effects of pineapples in babies:
- It can flare up babies with infant reflux.
- It can cause a severe diaper rash.
- It can instigate rash around the mouth of the child.
When to Give Babies Pineapple
As a rule, pineapples should not be the first food that you introduce to your baby. The high acid content may cause allergic reactions to your infant and upset his digestive system, so it is better that you test his body's response to other safer foods first other than pineapples.
Also, pineapples can be a choking hazard hence children who are too young to swallow chunks of food may not be recommended to eat the fruit. You may want to introduce pineapple juice first.
Ideally, you can introduce pineapples to your baby once his digestive system has already gotten used to other types of food. Several weeks or months of consistently consuming solid foods, you can gradually add pineapples to his food in small amounts.
Experts recommend that the right age to give your baby pineapples is between 6 to 12 months. Most pediatricians would suggest waiting until he is one year old before you give him his first taste of the fruit.
Schedule of Food Introductions to Babies
Here is a guide when to start giving your children other kinds of food:
Offer him cooked fruits and vegetables. You can mix these foods with breast milk or formula milk.
Examples of fruits and vegetable are papaya, ripe banana, ripe avocado, sweet potato and winter squash.
Start introducing grains and other dairies to him. Process the grains into flour and cook it water and milk.
Examples of grains are oats, brown rice and millet.
Give your baby a cup of diluted fruit juices such as grape, pear, apple, peach and apricot. Remember to limit his intake of fruit juices each day and give more priority to water and milk.
You can start giving other solid foods like hard cooked egg yolks, blended silken tofu and cooked and pureed meat of chicken, beef and veal.
Examples of food that you can give your baby at this age are shredded or grated cheese, cooked and pureed lean fish, melons and kiwi.
Your baby can already begin tasting foods like cooked and pureed pork and ham, diced mushroom, berries and pineapples.
Experiment with other kinds of food such as cornmeal, whole grain pasta, finely grated lettuce and thinned creamy peanut butter.
Your baby will have other foods such as cow’s milk, tomato juice, hard-cooked egg whites and tomatoes.
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