How to feed meat and when to do it
Nutrition for children of the first year of life is very important. Right now, the gastrointestinal tract is tuned for full-fledged work, and the growing body requires more and more nutrients. In the first months of life, the baby needs only breast milk, but very soon the situation will change. And it is very important not to start introducing into the diet of the child products that his body is not yet ready to learn. Today we want to talk about how to introduce meat into lure.
Not all children enjoy eating meat with pleasure. If you started lure with fruit purees and cottage cheese, then, most likely, it does not have to the kid to taste. Therefore it is very important to adhere to the calendar of lures, which your pediatrician should have said. Up to 6 months, additional foods in the diet are not only not useful, but also harmful. The baby's body is not yet ready to absorb anything other than breast milk or its substitutes. Up to 6 months in the child's body there are still no necessary enzymes that could digest new types of food.
Acting according to plan
Since it is necessary to introduce meat into the lure only from 7-8 months, and at 6 months the baby's body already needs additional products, let's consider the optimal nutrition scheme. Beginning with half a year it is necessary to offer the child vegetable mashed potatoes. Be sure to accustom it at first to vegetables, because after a sweet banana and an apple he just does not like the ordinary pumpkin. It can be zucchini or cauliflower, carrots or broccoli. Vegetables should be well extinguished and crushed in a blender.
With 7 months, add a little milkless cereal. This can be buckwheat, rice or corn groats, boiled on water and well ground in puree. Gradually, you will teach the baby's body to absorb ordinary food, now you can proceed to the next stage.
The best source of protein
It is to 7-8 months for a baby maturing the need for building muscle mass. He learns to sit, crawl, walk, interact with various objects, which means that he can not do without musculature. Now the child is recommended daily intake of meat. If the baby has symptoms of anemia, then he is recommended to give meat from the 5th or 6th month of life.
How to feed in meat? This is an important moment in the life of the baby, since such products are extremely important for renewal, the construction of tissues and the formation of cells in the body. They also give the baby the most important vitamins A, B12, which are easily digested. However, start giving it in small portions, literally on the spoon, carefully monitor the skin condition and the chair of the child. While you do not understand how the body took a new product, nothing else is not recommended. Even the porridge and mashed potatoes that you have mastered today are temporarily canceled. Since we need to introduce meat gradually into lure, we will give you a scheme that you can use.
The most important thing is that you must remember: at the first signs of an allergy, you must stop giving the baby meat, until the state is completely restored. Then you can try again. If everything goes well, the baby does not suffer from bouts of allergy, then you can gradually increase the dosage. We start with 5 grams per day, this is a quarter teaspoon of meat puree. For a week, daily adding the amount, you daily dosage up to 30 grams per day. So, when we introduce meat into the feeding of a child, we have already indicated (starting from 7 months). Adaptation period is over, and from 8 months you can give already 50 grams per day. After 9 months, boldly increase the dosage to 60-70 g per day.
What products to choose
By the terms you can vary a little, depending on the condition and development of the child, his weight gain. Also, when to introduce meat into the lure of a child, how to do it correctly, you can discuss it with your pediatrician. And what kind of meat is best to choose, so that the child's tender body can take it most easily? Give up the idea of offering him pork or lamb - fatty meat is too heavy for the baby. Ideal option may be low-fat beef, turkey or rabbit. These are hypoallergenic and easily digestible varieties, which will help the body to get used to a new kind of nutrition.
Ready-made canned food
They are sold in every store, they are very convenient to use. Just click the lid - and the ready dinner is in front of you. However, even when it is possible to introduce meat into the lure, it must be remembered that the child's organism is still poorly prepared for such loads. So, for now, refuse from experiments like "turkey-turkey with broccoli". While the simpler, the better, choose one-component canned mashed potatoes. This is especially true for allergic children, the selection of products for which presents a certain complexity. Gradually, you can expand the diet at the expense of meat and vegetable components, but the more smoothly this process will take place, the better.
pay special attention
Never hesitate to contact the pediatrician for help, at any time you can ask how correctly to introduce meat into the lure. There is an important point: meat with vegetables is very useful, and since 9 months it is very good to give the baby a combination of purees. If they contain broccoli cabbage or zucchini, then you can safely enter them as a daily product. But puree with carrots can be given no more than twice a week to avoid the appearance of carotenic jaundice.
Many parents decide that they will cook food for the baby, so that only fresh food is in the diet. This is the right decision, since canned food is in any case more a variant for an emergency snack than a daily food. And again the question arises: which meat should be introduced first into the lure? It is best to use low-fat beef. To do this, a suitable piece must be cleaned of veins and films, boil well and double pass through a meat grinder.
Do not forget that in the diet of the child should be only the freshest products. Therefore, you need to cook meat every day, just before eating. If your baby refuses such a treat, you may need to wait a little longer. All the tables that tell us, at what age to introduce meat into the lure, lead to averaged values, in which your child may not fit. So do not force, just offer meat again in a few weeks.
Parents often go for a little trick. First, having accustomed the baby to soups and vegetable purees, they begin to add to these dishes a small piece of meat and grind in a blender. The most important thing is to have a little meat, so that the taste does not change too much. Gradually increasing its rate, you will accustom the child to an important product.
Mom will have to comply with all the sanitary and hygienic norms and rules for preparing dishes for a little man. We list the main ones, so that you can use this list as a practical guide:
- Do not add sugar and salt to the dishes. The child should get used to the natural taste of the products. Of course, salt is needed by the body, but until it gets it from the mother's milk. After a year, you can gradually add some food. Sour compotes and kissels can be sweetened with honey if the child does not have any allergies to it, or fructose.
- It is necessary to introduce meat-lure in a well-cooked form. It is best to boil in a small amount of water or steam. Such food is more gentle and preserves all useful substances, vitamins and minerals.
- At the time of introduction of meat into the diet, the child sometimes already has 1-2 teeth, so you need to wipe all the products to the state of mashed potatoes. However, soon the need for this will disappear, it will be enough just to cut into pieces.
- Be sure to cook the meat only for one meal.
Since the introduction of meat into the lactation of the baby begins at 7 months, when he does not yet have teeth (as a rule), one can not ignore products such as tongue, heart and liver. They are much easier to grind, since they contain less connective tissue. In the diet of a child up to a year is very useful to include the heart. It has little fat and a lot of protein. The language has similar advantages. But the liver, despite its benefits to the body, is included in the diet only after a year. This body is engaged in neutralizing harmful substances, which means that cooked meals can contain the products of their decay.
After the baby learns meat products, it is recommended to offer him fish. Do this no sooner than he turns 8-9 months. This selects sea fish, lean and maximally useful. It can be pollock or cod, hake or tuna. If your child normally took a fish, then it's very good. It will become an excellent source of protein and essential amino acids, fatty acids. However, it often causes allergies, so enter the fish carefully. Cooking dishes from it is not difficult, just cook it for a couple, take out all the bones and chop it. The maximum amount of fish puree for an 11-12-month-old baby is about 30 grams a day (you need to give it a couple of times a week).