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We asked Dr. Krishan Chugh, from Fortis Healthcare, if there are any foods that should not be given to children
We asked Dr. Krishan Chugh, from Fortis Healthcare, if there are any foods that should not be given to children till a certain age. Here's what he had to say:
In the first few months of life, the only thing that we should give is mother's milk, and no other food items. So all other foods are unnecessary in the first few months, which is basically about 6 months. After that we can start introducing semi-solid foods in the form of something made out of say, rice, wheat, pulses (dal), vegetables, and fruits. All these in the appropriate form (cooked/soft/well-mashed) can be given to children who are more than 6 months old. Generally, we say that in those families where allergies are common, we tell them not to start eggs till at least 1 year of age. Then one thing that we should not give to any child until 5-6 years of age is nuts. Nuts tend to slip into the windpipe and prove to be a catastrophe. So, nuts should be avoided in the whole form - even when they're totally ground to powder, we don't encourage it - but yes, overall, nuts should be avoided till 5 years of age. Beyond that, there isn't any give-this-not-that sort of advice that we as medical professionals like to give.
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