Lots of questions swirl around the heads of new parents who, of course, want the best for their childrens-health-pediatrics.
One question that comes up fairly soon in the development of a baby is when to introduce the child to solid foods.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization agree that children should start solid food at about six months of age. After that, here are some milestones you can watch for as a sign it’s OK to introduce your child to solid foods:
- Baby can sit up well without support.
- Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of her/his mouth with the tongue.
- Baby is ready and willing to chew.
- Baby is developing a ‘pincer’ grasp, where food or other objects are picked up between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) is not a substitute for pincer grasp development.
- Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in her/his mouth.
Parents should be prepared for the possibility of choking in children. Your health care professional can explain how to properly respond to choking.
Learn more about transitioning baby to solid foods in this video report with Aurora Health Care Pediatrician Dr. Jenny Thomas.
And learn about the important child-physical-exam you can provide to your child throughout their growing years.
The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.