8 signs that it is time for the child to introduce complementary foods
In the opinion of Russian pediatricians, it is necessary to start introducing lure when the child turns six months old. In addition, he must psychologically and physiologically mature for a new meal. So take a good look at the child, and our 8 signs of the child’s readiness for lure will help you in this.
Although the average age of a child for the beginning of complementary foods is six months, some children need additional food earlier. In this regard, pediatricians have established a lower limit: if necessary, they allow the introduction of lure to babies from 4 months, but not earlier. If the child is premature, the gestational age is taken into account (it is counted from the date when the baby was to be born under normal conditions).
For acquaintance with a new food of a karapuzum it is necessary to double weight which was at it at a birth. So, if he was born in the weight of 3 kg, then at the beginning of the complementary meal should weigh 6 kg.
Exception is made by 2 groups of toddlers: premature babies should increase birth weight by 2.5 times, and patients with rickets, hypotrophy, stubbornly regurgitating the pediatrician can recommend the introduction of complementary foods earlier, regardless of weight.
In order for the karapuz to eat well, he must want it. In the first months of life, babies are not interested in any food, except milk from my mother’s breast or a mixture of bottles. Therefore, food interest is one of the main signs that it is already possible to introduce lure. At this time, the crumb begins to beg, reach for food on your plate, grab your cup or spoon with a pen. Also the kid looks at his mother with hungry eyes, opens his mouth wide when she opens her with food, and imitates swallowing.
All this means that psychologically the child is already ready to start eating new food, and then only after physiology.
Obviously, the baby should sit eating, so as not to choke accidentally. The exception is rickets and preterm infants, to whom paediatrics sometimes designate a lure before they occupy a vertical position. The rest of the kids can not only sit on the stools, but also lean towards the spoon, and turn away when there is no longer any desire.
Another condition for starting complementary foods is the established digestive work. This is determined by the chair of the child. It is important that it is regular, yellowish in color and a mushy consistency. In crumbs there should be no intestinal colic and constipation.
Immature intestines can not cope with a variety of products. Usually a lot of enzymes (digestive enzymes) appear in the intestines by the age of 5 months, and in some – only to 7 months. When you introduce a new food, you may have problems with a chair before.