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Diet Chart For Infant

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Infant Diet

Infant and Newborn Nutrition is the description of the dietary needs of newborns and infants. Food provides the energy and nutrients that infants need to be healthy. An adequate intake in nutrient rich food is good nutrition. An infant diet lacking essential calories, minerals, fluid and vitamins could be considered 'bad' nutrition. For a baby, breast milk is "best". It has all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Infant formulas are available for babies whose mothers are not able or decide not to breastfeed. Infants usually start eating solid foods between 4 and 6 months of age. Clinicians can be consulted to determine what is best for each baby. If a food introduced one at a time, a potential allergen can be identified. Breastfeeding can prevent allergic, atopic dermatitis, cow's milk allergy, and wheezing in early childhood. Breastfed babies have lower risks of asthma. Some foods tend to illicit allergies in young children. These include eggs, honey, peanuts (including peanut butter), other tree nuts.

When water is added to dry formula, it must come from a clean and safe water source. Watered down formula will lowers the levels of calories, vitamins and minerals the infant will ingest during each feeding. Inadequate intake of nutrients can slow the development and growth of the baby. Manufacturers include instructions on the container for safe mixing of formula. Assistance from governmental and non-governmental agencies may be available to caregivers having difficulties buying formula. Testing the temperature of the formulas will help prevent scalding the baby's mouth.

Diet Chart

Days
Breakfast
(8:00-8:30AM)
Mid-Meal
(11:00-11:30AM)
Lunch
(2:00-2:30PM)
Evening
(4:00-4:30PM)
Dinner
(8:00-8:30PM)
Sunday
stewed apple + 1 tsp honey (if not allergic)
bloiled and mashed egg yolk
dal soup
custard with mashed blueberries
mashed potato and curd
Monday
mashed banana + 1 tsp honey (if not allergic)
ragi porridge
suji kheer
vegetable clear soup
rice kheer
Tuesday
mashed sweet potato
custard
rice water
mashed vegetables with cheese
stewed apple
Wednesday
rice kheer
stewed apple
vegetable stalk
almond milk
mashed potato
Thursday
carrot puree
plain home made curd
chana mashed with vegetables
vegetable clear soup
pureed khichdi
Friday
mashed avocado
custard with mashed banana
oats banana porridge
pumkin and carrot mashed
dal soup
Saturday
mashed potato
boiled apple with ragi porridge
pureed khichdi
banana and yogurt mashed
carrot puree

Food items to limit

Do's and Dont's

Do's:

  1. Include whole grain cereals and pulses.
  2. Include fruits and vegetables.
  3. Include toned dairy products.
  4. Consume good amount of micro nutrients like vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants which protect against cardiac diseases.
  5. Do go for a walk everyday.

Don'ts:

  1. Avoid refined and simple carbohydrates.
  2. Avoid oily foods, sugary foods, pickles, smoked/fried food/meat products.
  3. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
  4. Limit the consumption of spicy & salty foods.

Food items you can easily consume

6 months:

  1. Ground, cooked, single-grain cereal or infant cereal with breast milk or formula.
  2. Mashed banana, avocado or cooked beans.
  3. Cooked and pureed carrots, peas or sweet potato.
  4. Cooked and pureed meat or poultry.
  5. Peanut butter pureed with water.

    9 months:

    1. Sliced and quartered bananas or small pieces of other soft fruits.
    2. A variety of cooked vegetables cut into small pieces, such as squash and green beans.
    3. Whole cooked beans.
    4. Well-cooked, minced or finely chopped meat, poultry or fish.

      12 months:

      1. Small pieces of fruit.
      2. Small pieces of cooked vegetables.
      3. Soft, shredded meat, poultry or fish.
      4. Mixed food dishes the family is eating in appropriately sized pieces.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am 25 year old woman, my infant is 7 month old. I had a cesarean delivery. I breastfeed my son. I want to increase my weight what should I do? I am underweight. I tried to gain weight but I can not please help.

I am 25 year old woman, my infant is 7 month old. I had a cesarean delivery. I breastfeed my son. I want to increase ...
Hi Eat a balanced diet rich in micronutrients. Make sure you eat enough lentils, beans,nuts every day Eat animal protein in moderation if you are a nonvegetarian. Eat 1 whole egg every day.
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What are the effective methods to remove cold of an infant of one month. Will ayurvedic or allopathic treatment be very effective?

What are the effective methods to remove cold of an infant of one month. Will ayurvedic or allopathic treatment be ve...
Great I really appreciate your q, usually we ayurveda healer always offers diet management (up to the baby gets 6 months) to mom's till their baby on breast feed. In your case monsoon n humidity may be culprit (disturbed sleep n food pattern of mo...
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Hi. I have a 17 days infant, my milk is not sufficient to give him. I am giving lactogen also in between my milk in day and night. Is it OK to give like that to my baby?

Hi. I have a 17 days infant, my milk is not sufficient to give him. I am giving lactogen also in between my milk in d...
Yes its ok. But answer my question that how and why do you know that your breast milk is not enough? If your baby is passing urine adequately i.e if you are changing diapers 6-8 times (8-10 times in case of cotton nappies) then your breast milk is...
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5 months infant is attacked from cold for 3 days, how to cure? Which syrup is suitable to the infant?

5 months infant is attacked from cold for 3 days, how to cure? Which syrup is suitable to the infant?
You have to take care of feeding by not bottle feeding and if you give semisolids, give water slo in between. There are colic medicines.

I want to ask one question about my son he is 10 month's Old now. Is gripe water is good for infants as I heard in facebook that gripe water is not good for child health. And also please assist Me the good syrup so that my son stomach get cleared digested as he is not doing potty for 2-3 days.

I want to ask one question about my son he is 10 month's Old now. Is gripe water is good for infants as I heard in fa...
Don't give him blended meals. Include roughage in his diet. Give him whole grains like veg daliya, fresh fruits, veggies, curd & buttermilk enhances good bacterias in the body & accelerate digestion.
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