Nutrition and Children

Nutrition and children

To avoid food intolerances in children food has to be introduced at certain time frames.

Avoiding Allergies Chart

Introduce the following foods at the following stages
Time of Introduction Grains and Cereals Vegetables Fruits
6-9 months RiceMillet All cooked:YamsSweet potatoesSquash (all types)CarrotsBeets



Green beans


All cooked:PearsPeachesBananasApricotsNectarines


9-12 months BarleyRyeOats AsparagusAvocadoCauliflowerBrussels sprouts PlumsPrunesPineappleGrapesApples (cooked)Cranberries


12-24 months CornWheatOther grains Green peasSpinachTomatoesCeleryCucumbersLettuce



Lima beans

Broad beans

other legumes,

Including soy

Any raw vegetables

Citrus fruits:OrangesGrapefruitsLemonsLimesBerries:









Any raw fruits

Time of Introduction
Meats and Alternatives Milk and Dairy
Nuts, Seeds and Others
6-9 months LambTurkey Breast milkIf absolutely necessary, casein hydrolysate or whey-based formulas None
9-12 months ChickenVealBeef Breast milk or casein hydrolysate or whey-based formulas None except vegetables oils in formulas
12-24 months PorkFishEggs Yogurt (plain)Milk (whole)White cheeseCottage cheese Seed oils:CanolaSafflowerSunflower
After 2 years Shellfish All others incl ice cream PeanutsNutsChocolateSeeds
After 2 years All All All

 Summary of Proper Infant Nutrition

  • Breast milk until 6 months of age.
  • Introduce only one new food at a time and no more than one new food every 2days; closely follow the suggestions in Table 3.1
  • Give very small amounts of any new food:  one or two teaspoonfuls.
  • Use a very thin consistency when starting solid foods.  Introduce foods that are gradually more solid as the infant learns how to use his or her tongue to propel the food back.
  • Never force an infant to eat more of a food than he or she takes willingly.
  • Check that the temperature of the food is neither too hot nor too cold.
  • Don’t be afraid to retry a food that the baby has previously shown a dislike to.
  • Try to vary the diet, not only to encourage the baby to experience different tastes, but also to reduce the likelihood of food allergy.

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