Common Weaning Problems

Weaning your baby is very excited period, but at the same time you need to face some weaning problems that are common in all infants. During weaning you need to introduce different types of foods to your baby which are never tasted in past 6 months of infant’s life. Your baby need to habituate all the types of foods slowly to increase their growth and to meet their nutritional requirement. If your baby is interested in eating a particular foods , you can gradually increase the quantity of food.

Remember that you should always feed your baby in little amounts of food when your introducing it for first time. If your baby dislikes likes any food item, then don’t feed that particular food for at least 1 to 2 weeks. You have to experience some weaning problems during food introduction to your baby. You should take care of your baby in this time to overcome or to prevent these problems.

Let us know about some common weaning problems of infants as listed below:

1. Allergy

As increased gut permeability, low levels of IgA and enzymatic immaturity put the infant at higher risk for allergy. Most frequently allergy causing foods are wheat, milk, egg and citrus fruits. Rice is probably the most hypoallergenic of the commonly eaten cereals. Consumption of wheat is best to delay until after the 6th month. Egg white, while is a potent sensitizer is usually deferred until the 10th month. Egg yolk is less allergenic and heat denaturation renders egg yolk non reactive.

Improperly prepared orange juice may cause allergic reactions as it may contain excessive amounts of peel oil or seed protein from broken seeds. In some cases, milk may also become allergic because of the presence of lactoglobulin and some extent lactalbumin.

2. Refusal To Take New Food

If the child refuses to take new food, form of the food can be modified or mixed with the food that they like. And you should also try that same food after a week. Frequently, a child may split out the first spoon of food but it doesn’t mean that they dislikes the foods, it can also happen due to swallowing problem. Your may not get habituated to swallow non liquid food, in that situation they may split out the food.

3. Obesity Or Underweight

Too early and too much quantity of feeding or too concentrated foods can lead to overweight of the infant. When commercially processed foods are given, it may lead to obesity. Too less quantity of food and less concentrated foods can lead to underweight. Bulky adult food, when consumed by infant gives satiety without meeting calorie requirement. This results in underweight of the child which also leads to many other problems like frequent illness, repeated diarrhoeas. and blood loss.