Babies are not born with a fully developed digestive system and it takes time for little tummies to mature and develop tolerance for foods. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for your baby as it contains the right amount of nutrients to regulate your baby’s digestive system and it is recommended to breastfeed for as long as possible to assist with this process.
Sometimes however, a baby may need a formula due to difficulties with feeding and/or food allergies and intolerances. Luckily there are a variety of suitable formulas available to meet your baby’s special needs, such as Bubs Toddler Goat Milk.
When your baby is ready to commence solids (usually between 4-6 months) it’s important to be aware of the types of foods introduced as they can have an impact on your baby’s sensitive digestive system.
As a rule of thumb, introduce one new food at a time and wait every 2-3 days to assess the tolerance of the new food.
Ideally foods offered shouldn’t be processed, with no additives and preservatives. A selection of easy to digest fruits and vegetables including pear, apple, berries, cooked sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin, spinach and zucchini are a great start. They will provide essential nutrients as well as prebiotics (important source of fibre to aid in digestion).
Many babies will find that cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, onion and garlic to cause gastrointestinal discomfort and wind. Your bub may need to avoid these foods until they’re old enough to tolerate them.
If your child is finding wheat an issue, there are a variety of suitable wheat free grains available which may be a better fit for sensitive tummies. These include quinoa, rice, millet, amaranth and buckwheat to name a few.
Yoghurt is an excellent source of calcium as well as probiotics. Probiotics help improve the beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can be especially important for babies with allergies/intolerance or post gastrointestinal illnesses.
If your child cannot tolerate dairy, a suitable alternative with added probiotics would be beneficial. This may be a goat’s milk formula with added probiotics or yoghurt (soy or coconut based).
As always, if you’re concerned about your child’s health please see a GP health professional for personalised advice.
About the author - Laura Ryan
Laura is a paediatric dietitian and founder of Early Nutrition, a professional Nutrition and Dietetic Clinic servicing the southern region of Adelaide with a focus on children and families.
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