When children can be given cucumbers and what are the limitations
The baby grows and develops. Together with this, its menu is expanding. In the season of vegetables and fruits you want to pamper crumbs and sate his body with vitamins. Especially if the fruits are grown on their own beds. Young moms during the introduction of complementary foods are concerned with the question of when children can be given cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage and other vegetables. At the first stop in more detail.
What is the use?
A two-thirds cucumber consists of the purest structured water. Heat is the best time when you can give a cucumber to a child. The vegetable will refresh and replenish the water-salt balance. The composition of the cucumber includes such microelements: potassium, iodine, zinc, chromium, potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, cobalt, magnesium, fructose. It also contains ascorbic and folic acid, vitamins A, K, PP, B1, B2. Separately, it is worth paying attention to the presence of iodine in cucumbers. The use of crispy delicacy will be an excellent prevention of deficiency of an important microelement.
These green vegetables contain a lot of fiber, which contributes to the process of digestion. Cucumber has a beneficial effect on the pancreas. The product is easily digested and does not require its participation, giving the body a rest. Vegetable is useful for children in fresh form. Heat treatment almost completely destroys vitamins. Pay attention to the appearance of cucumbers. Benefit will bring small specimens with small seeds and a bright green skin. Overdone large yellow vegetables contain few nutrients. And more seeds can cause bloating.
At what age can you give your baby cucumbers?
Vegetables are introduced into the diet of babies in 7-8 months. Begin with the lightest and not allergenic: zucchini, cauliflower, potatoes. Vegetables and fruit purees, homogenized meat and fish will appear in the ration of crumbs. Closer to one-year age begins a period when children can be given cucumbers. Suggest a small piece and observe the reaction to the product.
Harm from cucumber
Nursing mothers and children until the year should carefully enter cucumbers into the diet. Rough fiber, which is rich in vegetables, can provoke babies colic and intestinal frustration. Take into account the season. Summer is the only time when children can be given cucumbers. To feed kids only ground specimens are suitable. Greenhouse vegetables contain nitrates. In no case do not offer babies early cucumbers. They contain a large amount of harmful substances that cause severe eating disorders. Vegetable juice irritates the gastrointestinal mucosa. If the crumbs have problems with the gastrointestinal tract, then you should consult a doctor before starting to feed. When you can give a cucumber to a child, only a doctor can decide.
How to give cucumbers?
For the smallest cucumber you need to peel. Even in the season, it can contain nitrates. The rind of vegetables is a rough fiber, from which it is difficult to cope with the tender digestive tract of children. To a one-year-old crumb, offer a grated cucumber seasoned with olive oil or low-fat sour cream. Whole or sliced vegetables of a crumb can eat in 1.5-2 years. If you are not sure about the quality of the product, before using it, it is better to soak it in salt water for 2 hours. You need to change water several times.
Pickled cucumbers - toddlers
Earlier grandmothers and mothers offered babies a slightly salted version of the product, without thinking about how many months you can give a cucumber to a child. When the crumbs cut through the teeth, it was given to him that he scratched the gum. But do not underestimate the benefits of barley cucumbers. Among the advantages of the product are the following factors:
- In salted barrel cucumbers, most of the vitamins remain. Lactic acid, which they contain, is a nutrient medium for beneficial bacteria of the gastrointestinal tract.
- The product improves appetite.
- A large amount of fiber favorably affects the stool.
As for harm, it consists in the following points:
- Such cucumbers differ in the high content of salt.
- Acid has a destructive effect on tooth enamel. Therefore, to give the gums scratches the children, whose teeth are pricked, is not the best idea.
- The product irritates the gastric mucosa. Nutritionists and pediatricians agree that for 3 years and not earlier - the age when children can be given cucumbers in a salty form.
In addition to salted, in the diet of adults there are canned pickled cucumbers. Their advantage is doubtful. When heat-treated, 70% of vitamins are lost, which are few in this vegetable. The only benefit of a canned cucumber is that it stimulates the appetite, and the cellulose contained in it helps to cope with constipation. Unfortunately, vinegar is present in the preservation. It has a destructive effect on tooth enamel. Excites the nervous system and interferes with normal sleep. In addition, a large amount of salt in the marinade has a bad effect on baby buds. Canned cucumbers offer to children from 5-6 years in limited quantities. They are good for kids with poor appetite. The product diversifies the diet of children in the winter.
Vegetable salad in the ration of crumbs
Parents want to quickly make a ration of crumbs similar to their own. So, gradually in the menu of the baby there are vegetable salads. On the question of when a baby can be given a cucumber, fresh tomato, Bulgarian pepper and other vitamin-containing foods in one dish, nutritionists answer ambiguously. On the one hand, a crunchy vegetable is not an allergen and can be present in the diet of an already-year-old baby. On the other hand, red tomatoes can cause allergies. A combination of these vegetables is considered difficult for digestion. This tandem is better to offer the baby after two years. In the heat of children (from 1.5-2 years), you can offer okroshka from kefir, eggs, potatoes and green onions. If there is such an opportunity, collect the harvest together at the cottage or in the garden. The child will be interested. And he will gladly eat such a dish.
The younger one can offer a salad of grated cucumber, eggs, seasoned with vegetable oil, low-fat sour cream, unsweetened yoghurt. In order to assimilate carotene, which contains the product, it should be consumed with any fats. In the cool season, supermarkets sell imported vegetables. In appearance and touch, their surface resembles plastic. In no case do not give such products to children. They are treated with chemicals that can cause severe poisoning and a severe allergic reaction. Offer only fresh natural vegetables to kids.