Food Menu For Children Aged 6 Months?
, my child is 6 months old and has only been waiting for about 10 days, but my child prefers food that is not mashed, I have tried using the 4 * menu with mashed but gamau. keep your mouth shut. I will try to eat ordinary rice using vegetables or eggs without smoothing me, instead I like to eat it, how about it, is there a problem with digestion, if it’s direct solid food like that? I apply the 4 * menu but I don’t smooth it. Because my child wants solid food like an adult. Thank you
Hello Eka, thank you for asking.
Baby's digestive tract is not fully developed. Muscle strength of the digestive tract walls, function of digestive enzymes, and the immune system of the digestive tract, have not yet developed optimally. That is why pediatricians recommend using MPASI which is crushed until smooth, in infants aged 6 months. Foods that are too hard, especially fibrous foods can cause:
Sores on the walls of the digestive tract.
Food is not digested properly, so that it clogs the intestines.
The absorption of nutrients is not perfect because food cannot be digested properly, so it is vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies.
Nutritional deficiencies may not have an immediate effect. Generally only realized when the baby's growth is stunted. However, intestinal blockage can occur quite quickly and if not treated promptly, it can be fatal. The blocked intestine will experience tissue death, resulting in a systemic infection (sepsis), which ends in shock and fatality.
You should continue to provide mashed food for your baby. Indeed some babies have difficulty starting a particular MPASI. However, parents must remain patient and consistent. Give some bribes first as an experiment. It may take several weeks for the baby to get used to it. After that increase the amount of MPASI intake. Give ASI as much as the baby wants, because at the age of 6 months, ASI is still the main source of energy and nutrition. Encourage the baby to communicate while eating and if necessary accompany your meal with baby's mealtime. If you are still experiencing difficulties, consult this matter with your pediatrician.
Thus my explanation, hopefully it can be useful. Regards.