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Solid Food for Infants FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about the introduction of solid foods to infants.

Collection maintained by: David M. Poduska, poduska@cis.ohio-state.edu Last updated: 4/96

Copyright 1996, David M. Poduska. Use and copying of this information are permitted as long as (1) no fees or compensation are charged for use, copies or access to this information, and (2) this copyright notice is included intact.

To contribute to this collection, please send e-mail to the address given above, and ask me to add your comments to the FAQ file on Starting Solids. Please try to be as concise as possible, as these FAQ files tend to be quite long as it is. And, unless otherwise requested, your name and e-mail address will remain in the file, so that interested readers may follow-up directly for more information/discussion.

For a list of other FAQ topics, tune in to misc.kids or misc.kids.info. Of particular interest may be the Bottle/Cup FAQ and the Finger Foods FAQ.

Thanks to Paula Burch, without whose contributions this FAQ would be about 1/2 the size it is, and to Travis Jensen, who organized the bulk of it.

-1.0 When Should 'Solid' Foods Be Introduced?
From: Paula Burch ...
-1.1 Avoiding allergies
Normal adults do not absorb whole proteins, but instead break them down ...
-1.2 Avoiding diabetes
An additional worry concerning early introduction of supplemental ...
-1.3 Formula
-1.4 Dairy products may count even in the mother's diet!
-1.5 Choking hazards
In the absence of particular problems, the general rule is that ...
-1.6 Food poisoning
-1.7 Too much orange?
-1.8 Inhaling nuts, raisins, and raw fruits and vegetables
From: larrabee@cse.ucsc.edu (Tracy Larrabee)...
-1.9 Do not to feed egg whites to babies until they are at least a year old.
From: Gefferie Madera ...
-1.10 Introduce new foods one at a time
From: bjm@antares.res.utc....
-1.12 Add non-alergenic foods during the second year
From: grant@oj.rsmas.miami.edu (Grant Basham)...
-1.13 Things not to do
>One friend suggested *peeled* grapes and bits of melon cut very small,...
-1.14 someone asked about giving juice or diet soda)
How about WATER!? I would be very hesitant to let any kids near diet soda....
-1.15 be careful about giving babies commercial bread
From: poduska@cis.ohio-state.edu (David M. Poduska)...
-1.16 NEVER give a child under one year of age honey
From: evans-cic-is@redstone-emh2.army.mil (Troy D. Evans)...
-2.0 HOW to get started -- equipment.
From: sck@epg.harris.com (Sharon C.Kelly)...
-3.0 How Much And How Often To Feed
>I have just discovered this group and have enjoyed reading the ...
-4a Starches -- Getting started and making them edible
From: monc+@pitt.edu (Monica L. Murphy)...
-4b Starches Recipes: Mushed Sweet Potatoes
from pburch@bcm.tmc....
-4b Starches Recipes: "jook" or "congee"
From: lowry@watson.ibm.com (Andy Lowry)...
-5a Vegetables: Getting started and making them edible
wheaton@loligo.cc.fsu.edu (Mike Wheaton) writes:...
-5b Vegetable Recipes: Mushed Peas
From: pburch@bcm.tmc....
-5b Vegetable Recipes: banana squash
From: nancy@chemistry.Stanford.EDU (Nancy Hansen)...
-6a Fruit...getting started and making it edible
>>One friend suggested *peeled* grapes and bits of melon cut very small,...
-6b Fruit Recipes
From: Debra Haas ...
-7a Meats: The basics and making them edible.
From: jimm@cbnewsi.cb.att.com (james.mumper)...
-7b Meats Recipes: Mushed Beef
From: pburch@bcm.tmc....
-7b Meats Recipes: Mushed Turkey
I microwaved this, but it was less successful. Will will not accept ...
-7b Meats Recipes: Mushed Egg Yolk
Egg yolk mushes better with a fork when it's boiled before separating ...
-9 Flavor -- Do babies like spicy foods?
From: ownes@gargoyle.uchicago....
-9a Printed References--Baby food cookbooks (all recommended at least once on misc.kids)
AUTHOR: Knight ...
-9b WWW References (including vegan diets)









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