Infant 6 Months MPASi?

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Hello doctor … I’m Jasmine. nDoctor .. The baby is 6 months old .. If already given food .. nCan we mix the food with vegetables? nIs a 6 month baby .. Can you give me fruit or juice ???

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Hi Jasmine,

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Feeding infants can actually be flexible depending on the child's eating habits, available ingredients, the child's ability to digest food, a history of food allergies, and so on. So, there is no standard that children aged 6 months should be given certain types of food, and should not be given other types of food.

Giving your baby vegetables and fruits is great thing to do. These vegetables and fruits can help prevent babies from experiencing constipation which often occurs at the beginning of their learning to eat. Vegetables and fruit also contain good nutrition to support the baby's growth and development.

However, WHO recommends that in the early days of its introduction to complementary foods, feeding foods containing carbohydrates takes precedence. For that, you can first give your child rice, wheat, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, green beans, and so on. Carbohydrates are considered easier for the baby's digestive tract to digest, which is still very sensitive compared to other nutrients.

After your child gets used to consuming solid foods, which is around the first week, you can start giving him more vegetables or fruits. These fruits and vegetables can be given during large meals. That way, the baby's risk of experiencing digestive disorders, such as nausea, colic, diarrhea, or even constipation will be lower. You can also start giving treats after your baby is more comfortable eating (usually after 7 months of age or older). This snack can be made with juiced fruit, chopped fruit, or steamed vegetables. Make sure the vegetables and fruit that you give your child have been washed clean to avoid the potential for harmful chemicals, for example pesticides and mercury. If your baby is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, limit the provision of fruits and vegetables before the complaints subside.

Try to give your baby a single food first to make it easier for you to monitor the possibility of the baby having an allergy to certain types of food. After getting used to it, you can combine 2, 3, or more types of food to ensure nutritional adequacy. Also make sure you adjust the texture of the food you give your child according to their age, namely thin porridge at 6 months of age, team porridge at 7 to 9 months, mushy rice at 9 to 12 months of age, and family food (plain rice) at age over 1 year.

To prevent children from experiencing boredom, create a pleasant eating atmosphere. Don't forget, always vary the food menu that you provide for your child. Avoid giving sugar, salt, or other flavorings before the baby is 1 year old.

That's the explanation from us. For more details, you can consult directly with a pediatrician.

Providing complementary foods for babies aged 6 months

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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