Strawberries- the most good looking fruit that kids and adults relish. They go well with pancakes, in fruit creams, ice cream sundaes, as a jam, with chocolates, or even eaten as a fruit. They have a beautiful color, pretty texture and a sweet flavour that makes them the favorite of many children. But, do you know when can babies eat strawberries?
Berries are a great source of vitamins and minerals. But most of them do tend to have an allergic reaction on babies. Thus, parents think twice before giving strawberries to their children. Parents should be very cautious when introducing new foods to babies, especially if the baby is less than 1 year old.
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When can babies eat strawberries?
Before understanding when can babies eat strawberries, all parents must keep in mind that there is definitely a risk of allergies that some babies might develop. It depends on family history and how your baby reacts to certain food items. There is always a little risk involved when you introduce berries
to your child. Berries are not the top allergy-causing foods but they can cause some serious allergies in most sensitive kids. Children with mild eczema or a family history of food allergies or asthma can try strawberries if they have tried other first foods that are commonly introduced.
To avoid any sort of problems it is advisable to give strawberries to children only over the age of 1 year.
Are strawberries good for my baby?
Yes, they are. Strawberries are a rich source of vitamins and nutrients. They contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Vitamin E. They are also a source of fibre, carbohydrates, protein and sugar. They also contain minerals like Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium and Folate. Strawberries are a great option to replace white sugar in your child’s diet. They can easily satisfy a sweet craving for your baby.
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When should my child not have strawberries?
Your child should be given a green signal by his/her doctor. Children who have the following conditions should not have strawberries until the doctor says:
- If the child has moderate to severe eczema and is taking medications for that
- Has had immediate allergic reaction to food in the past
- Has been diagnosed with food allergy
- Has a mild asthma problem
Precautions to take when giving your baby strawberries
- If you are just starting to give strawberries, give your baby the same at home rather than giving it in the day care or outside.
- Serve the new food for 3 to 5 days before starting any other new food. This gives time to see if there is an allergic reaction to that particular food or not.
- Wash and cut the strawberries thoroughly. Some big pieces might choke your baby so it is better to cut in small pieces or mash the strawberries for your baby
- Try and buy organically grown strawberries as the commercial ones will have loads of pesticides in them which might heighten the allergy level and cause damage.
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Some babies cannot digest the seeds that are found in strawberries. These seeds are edible, but do not be alarmed if you see them in your baby’s poop. It is completely normal. It just means that the seeds were not digested and they were passed through the baby’s poop without damaging anything.
Allergic to strawberries
An allergic reaction to strawberries come out as rashes, redness and itching, especially around the mouth of your baby. Severe reactions may involve swelling of the throat, hives on the body of the baby, worsening asthma and breathing trouble. Immediately rush your baby to the hospital if you see any of these. Some babies will have a light skin reaction due to the acidity level in the strawberries. These come out as diaper rash but they are not a cause of concern.
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