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Foods Not Good For Babies

Some foods are not good for babies and should not be Introduced until the child is older. These foods include:

Honey and Corn Syrup: Both of these foods should be avoided until your baby is at least 12 months old. They contain bacterial spores that can cause a form of botulism.

Choking hazards: The following list of foods is dangerous due to your baby's lack of teeth and lack of mouth/tongue coordination; offering these too early can result in choking. It is recommended to hold off introducing these foods until your child is 2-3 years old.

  • Nuts (other than finely ground)
  • Peanut butter
  • Caramel candy
  • Gum
  • Whole grapes
  • Raw hard fruits and vegetables
  • Chunks of meat
  • Pieces of bacon
  • Hot dogs
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Raisins
  • Popcorn
  • Potato or corn chips
  • Hard candy

Foods high in nitrates: Foods that are high in nitrates can cause anemia and should not be included in your child's diet until the age of 8 months. High nitrates foods can be either vegetables or meats. Here is a list:

  • Vegetables: beets, carrots, green beans, spinach, and collard greens
  • Meats: hot dogs, cured ham, bacon, bologna, and salami
  • Sugar, salt and caffeine: As general rule foods containing high amounts of salt, sugar, or caffeine usually do not contain many vitamins and minerals. Stay away from them

 

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