Must complementary food be added in six months? The answer is beyond your imagination!

China-News.Net - Baby September 29, 2020, 1:37 am Dong Ping

In the past, parents have not paid more and more attention to adding supplementary food to their babies at the age of 6 months.

Six months of supplementary food has become the standard time for complementary food addition. The World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the United Nations Children's fund, the Chinese Nutrition Society, the child health branch of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, and the National Health Committee of the people's Republic of China all unanimously recommend that the baby should add complementary food at the age of 6 months (180 days).

The reason why it is recommended to add complementary food for 6 months is that breast milk or formula milk powder can meet all the nutrition of 0-6 months old baby, and the iron in the baby's body will be exhausted after 6 months. However, breast milk / formula milk powder can not meet the iron demand of babies over 6 months old. Therefore, it is necessary to add iron rich complementary food at Baobao 6 months old.

So, does this mean that all baby's complementary food must be added in six months? The answer may be different from what you think. Let's give you a brief analysis.

As for the time of complementary food supplement, although the major authoritative organizations agree that the best time to add complementary food is when the baby is 6 months old, we should also consider individual differences, because each baby's development is different. It is difficult for us to use one time to represent all the time of adding complementary food.

In fact, the reason why major institutions recommend that babies add complementary food after six months is because about six months is the time for most babies to add complementary food. However, the development of each baby is not completely synchronized, and some babies will send out signals to add complementary food in advance. Therefore, in addition to considering the baby's age, we should also consider the following two aspects:

1. Maturity of baby's body (nerve) development

Whether the baby tongue reflexes disappear, whether they can maintain their own sitting posture, whether they are interested in adult food.

If the baby's tongue shooting disappeared, can sit alone, and appear to imitate the adult eating, see the adult eating saliva, then it is time for the baby to add supplementary food.

2. Nutritional status of baby

Whether the baby's growth curve grows normally when breast milk / formula is fed normally.

If the mother's breast milk is sufficient, and the baby's milk powder is normal, but the baby's growth curve shows signs of slow growth, then it is time to add complementary food.

It should be noted that if the baby is less than 6 months old, although he is curious about the food of adults, but the growth curve is normal, it is suggested that parents may as well wait a little while, and it is not too late to add supplementary food after 6 months.

To sum up, whether the baby needs to add complementary food, on the one hand, we should refer to the "6 months" proposal, on the other hand, we should also refer to the maturity of the baby's body (nerve) development and the baby's nutritional status. Generally speaking, if you want to add complementary food earlier than six months, parents can refer to the above two points to assess. If all the conditions are met, then there is no problem in adding complementary food. If you are not sure, you can consult a pediatrician.

After reading this article, do parents have any harvest? Well, that's all for today's content. Scientific parenting starts from now on. More dry products for infant and young children are in the public account of infant and child care knowledge.

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