Nutrition to Support Healthy Growth | 9
Introducing Semisolid Foods
Ask parents for specific written instructions about which semisolid foods
are being introduced and when. You may be asked to keep track of bowel
movements during this period and to watch for possible signs of food
allergies (rashes, diarrhea, vomiting). Traditionally, a mixture of breast
milk or formula and iron-fortified, non-allergenic cereal is the baby’s
first semisolid food, followed by other infant cereals, vegetables, fruits,
and then meats, poultry, and fish. For babies who have been exclusively
breast-fed for the first six months, many experts recommend pureed
meats as the first semisolid food, because they are high in iron and zinc.
Egg yolk, yogurt, and small strips of cheese are considered okay for in-
fants after about eight months of age.
Foods commonly associated with allergies (egg whites, peanuts,
fish, and shellfish) are not recommended until the child is at least twelve
months old, especially for babies with a history or high risk of food al-
lergies. Honey should not be fed to infants under a year of age because
it may contain spores that are more dangerous for babies than for older
children (even pasteurized honey and baked foods that contain honey can
have these spores). Raw (unpasteurized) cow’s or goat’s milk is never to-
tally safe and should not be fed to children of any age, especially babies.