As your baby gets older, you will begin to introduce him/her to new foods. However, be careful because some of them are extremely dangerous or extremely unhealthy to babies.
1. Raw fish
Sushi and other raw fish are one of America’s favorite foods, yet they can be dangerous for babies and even young toddlers. The FDA specifies that no raw fish or shellfish should be given to very young children because of the risk of bacterial contamination and choking. It is best to wait until they are 6 years old (Stronger immune system).
Honey contains spores of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which can cause infant botulism in children under a year old. After a year of age, the natural microorganisms that grow in your child’s gut keep these bacteria from growing and making him or her ill. Make sure to avoid baked goods that could potentially contain honey – like bread or granola. Commercially prepared cereals or bread made with honey have been heated to high temperatures, killing the spores, and are safe to eat. The safe bet is to wait until your child is 12 months old.
3. Choking hazards
Foods like hot dogs, baby carrots, apples, cheese, peanut butter, marshmallows, and gummy bears present a choking hazard to your child. Make sure to cut foods into a small pieces and monitor your child when he or she eats.
4. Raw milk
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young children who drink or eat foods with raw, unpasteurized milk are at high risk for severe illnesses like prolonged diarrhea and stomach cramping. In extreme cases, kidney failure, paralysis, and death can occur from bacterial infections related to consuming raw milk. Make sure to get pasteurized milk when your child is ready – around a year of age.
Babies LOVE sweets! But eating sweets strengthens their taste preference. If you can, hold off on giving your child sweet foods in the first two years. That way they won’t “crave” them as much in the future.