Cottage cheese, kefir and egg yolk in a child's diet: when and how?
So we got to the dairy foods. "Is it really impossible to get along with my milk? - the mother will notice, the baby is breastfed. - Why does the baby need a cow too?" Indeed, it is better to do without cow milk in the first year of life, but the products derived from it should take a worthy place in the diet of the crumbs.
Introduce cottage cheese
One of the first dairy products in the diet crumbs appears cottage cheese. It contains milk protein concentrate, which has a high biological value, and milk fat, which is easily absorbed by the child’s body. Cottage cheese, a source of calcium and phosphorus, necessary for the formation of bone tissue, children first try for 7-8th month of life. Familiarity with this product, containing, among other things, and B vitamins, and niacin, and folic acid, begins with 1/2 teaspoon. Within a month, the daily volume of cottage cheese consumption by the baby should be increased to 30-40 g.
Keep in mind that even by the end of the first year of life, the volume of cottage cheese in the baby’s daily ration should not exceed 50 g! Kidney crumbs can not cope with a large amount of this product due to its high protein content. Initially, the baby should be offered pure cottage cheese, not containing additional components, produced specifically for baby food. It has a soft texture, which is important for children who still do not know how to chew. In addition, children's curds adapted to the characteristics of the body of a child, distinguished by the physiological immaturity of the digestive tract.
Equally important when choosing a curd is its fatty component. The kids, of course, will like the creamy version (10-15% fat), but the first acquaintance is better to start with his dairy brother (only 3-5% fat). The latter type of cottage cheese is ideal for children with increased body mass. If your baby is not gaining enough weight and height, has a poor appetite, then you should pay attention to fruit curds, characterized by a higher carbohydrate content.
Kefir - Pros and Cons
Despite the positive properties of kefir, pediatricians do not recommend introducing this product into the nutrition of children before the 8th month of life. The composition of the "adult" kefir does not meet the physiological needs of the child of the first year of life, therefore, the baby should be offered kefir, designed specifically for baby food. If the crumb is on artificial feeding, then acquaintance with kefir can take place a little earlier - on the 6-7th month.
The child's digestive tract is only being formed, so you should not rush into the introduction of adult products into the diet. Choosing kefir, carefully read the packaging: labeling is obligatory - for what age the product is intended. Fermented milk products for children have a delicate taste and low acidity, so they are digested comfortably.
Kefir should be introduced into the nutrition of children gradually, starting with 30 ml, bringing the volume of consumed product to 200 ml by 9 months, which corresponds to the volume of one feeding.
Kefir, bio-yoghurt and bifikefir differ not only in their names, but also in the content of microflora, thereby having a different effect on the microbiocenosis of the gastrointestinal tract. Kefir contains dairy fungi that stimulate the growth of intestinal microflora. The prefixes bio- and bifidus indicate that kefir is additionally enriched with bifidobacteria that contribute to the development of the intestinal microflora.
Probiotic bacteria that fight against pest microorganisms are real workers. Therefore, if your child tolerates all types of kefir well, then you should not give preference to any one. To achieve a healing effect, different types of probiotic bacteria must enter the body of the body.
The source of protein in the diet of the child is egg yolk. For convenience, it is added to the vegetable puree. The yolk appears on the crumbs menu at the age of 6 months (for the first time, offer the baby 1/8 of the yolk, gradually increasing its number to 1/2 to 8 months). However, it often causes an allergic reaction in babies, so it must be tried very carefully. Trying to avoid possible allergies, do not rush to replace chicken eggs with quail. Contrary to popular belief, an allergic reaction to them occurs with the same frequency as the reaction to chicken eggs.