When can I give my baby…?
First foods for baby should be easy to digest and unlikely to cause an allergy.
But what foods should you definitely steer clear of in the early days of weaning?
When should I give my baby… HONEY?
Honey should not be given to babies under 12 months as it can cause infant botulism.
Although this is very rare, it is best to be safe, as a baby’s digestiove system is too immature to cope with the bug.
When should I give my baby… SALT?
Babies under one year should not have salt added to their food as this can strain immature kidneys and may cause dehydration.
Herbs and garlic are a great way to add flavour without adding salt.
When should I give my baby… GLUTEN?
Found in wheat, rye, barley and oats, gluten can be hard for young babies to digest.
Foods containing gluten such as bread or pasta should not be introduced before six months.
When should I give my baby… NUTS?
For babies with no history of allergy in the family, it is fine to give peanut butter and other finely ground nuts from seven months.
However, if there is a history of allergy in your family or your baby suffers from eczema, seek medical advice before giving nuts to your baby.
Whole nuts should not be given before the age of five due to the risk of choking.