There are so many foods that you can feed your baby, but try to avoid them when it comes to the following items. These are choking hazards and should be avoided at all costs:
Honey is a sweet, sticky substance that bees can produce. It has many different uses, but some experts recommend you stay away from it for your baby. Why? Honey contains the natural sugars fructose and glucose, which are unsafe for babies under 1 year old because their digestive tract is not fully developed. Honey also contains high levels of hydrogen peroxide that can change the bacteria in your baby’s intestines and lead to an increased risk of food-borne illnesses or even bacterial infections.
2. Cow’s Milk
In the past, Cow’s Milk was recommended for babies to drink. This is because it is easy to digest and has more calcium than maternal milk. The problem with this recommendation is that cow’s milk contains lactose protein, which can cause an allergic reaction in some children. Since many people are lactose intolerant, they will experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. Sometimes the symptoms are milder – such as when red patches appear on your skin after consuming dairy products – but other times, they can be severe enough to require medical attention. It may not be worth taking a chance so early on in your baby’s life!
3. Sugary treats
There is a new medical study that suggests avoiding sugar and sweets in the d̾i̾e ̾t of babies. This study was conducted on mice, but it can be extrapolated to humans. It has been found that sugar causes an increase in вℓσσ∂ pressure, increases insulin resistance, and leads to weight gain later in life for children exposed to this food at an early age. In addition, these sugars also cause inflammation which is bad for developing brains in infants. So for now, it seems like trying to avoid anything with added sugars or high fructose corn syrup will do the trick as well as remembering what foods have natural sugars such as fruits and vegetables.”
4. Smoked and cured meats
It’s always a good idea to consult your pediatrician, but you can follow some general guidelines. Smoked and cured meats should be avoided for kids under 18 months old because the smoke may contain chemicals that could harm them. When feeding your baby, make sure they’re eating a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as protein sources like eggs, beans, or soy products.
5. High-mercury fish
You might not be aware, but some fish contain high mercury levels that lead to serious health problems. Mercury is a heavy metal, and it’s usually found in the ocean and coal plants. Fish absorb it from water into their bod̾i̾e ̾s and consume other fish who have already been contaminated with mercury leading to a build-up of toxins. If you’re pregnant or planning on having children within the next few years, there are steps you can take to help protect them, like avoiding tuna or shark because these types of fish have higher mercury content than others such as salmon, cod, haddock, or catfish (though they still should only be eaten once per week).