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What are some foods that you should never give a baby?

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There are some foods you should never give a baby:

  • Cow's milk. Breast milk and baby formula contain the proper mix of vitamins, nutrients and fats for growing babies, and cow's milk does not. Also, babies under 1 year old can't fully digest cow's milk, which can cause stomach woes and kidney problems. Other dairy products, like cheese and yogurt, are OK to use as occasional snacks.
  • Honey: Don't serve honey until age 1. Some doctors say 2. It can give babies botulism.
  • Choking hazards: Babies may choke on food that's round, hard, or wrapped in a peel or casing. Never give them whole grapes, chunks of apples, pieces of hot dog, nuts, popcorn, or fruit with the skin on.

SOURCES:

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, pediatrician; co-author, . Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality

Tamara S. Melton, MS, RDN, LD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Bite-sized milestones: Signs of solid food readiness,” “Switching to solid foods,” “Why formula instead of cow's milk?”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Preventing allergies: What you should know about your baby's nutrition.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, pediatrician; co-author, . Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality

Tamara S. Melton, MS, RDN, LD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Bite-sized milestones: Signs of solid food readiness,” “Switching to solid foods,” “Why formula instead of cow's milk?”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Preventing allergies: What you should know about your baby's nutrition.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 13, 2017

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