Babies do not start having solid food till six months and that too is introduced to them gradually.
Parents are conscious about introducing new food groups in the diet of their children. Whole grains like oats and wheat are the few grains that are introduced initially though babies can be allergic to some of the grains but that can be understood when a variety of grains are introduced to their diet.
Why to Introduce?
Whole grains are a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins, fibers as well as phytochemicals that are vital for the growth and development of the child. The presence of these nutrients lowers down the possibility of emerging chronic disorders like heart ailments, diabetes, different types of cancer, etc. But there are a few things to keep in mind while introducing whole grains to children.
- Introduce one food grain at a time to understand how their stomach is taking this change in their diet.
- Cook the grains properly to make sure the grains are easily digestible.
- Introduce the grain of choice in a small amount and increase it gradually.
- Use water, milk and milk powder to mix the grains so that it is digested easily.
- Try to add fruits and vegetables along with it.
- Feed them the meal yourself and give them smaller bites.
- Continue to offer iron-fortified infant cereals as the main type of cereal, because these are important sources of iron for your baby from 6-12 months of age.
You can also take advice from your child’s pediatrician and understand how you can safely introduce new food items in their diet.