Weaning and Feeding Updates
As most of you are aware, earlier this year I revised The Contented Little Baby Book of Weaning to fall into line with advice given by the Department of Health, that babies should not be given solids before the age of six months.
However, I included two sets of weaning guidelines, one for weaning at four to six months, and one for weaning at six months. I did this because I was aware that all babies are different, and was not convinced that all of them would manage to get through to six months on milk alone.
Here is a link to an extract taken from Gina's latest updated edition of The Weaning Book: http://www.contentedbaby.com/ExtractCLBWeaning.htm
Young babies should not have salt added to any of their meals as it can be harmful to their immature kidneys. Salt is naturally present in many foods and babies over six months who are weaned, along with young children, will get all they need from this source. The advice as to when salt can be added to the food of young children varies. Some experts say that from one year onwards a small amount of salt added to their meals, is unlikely to cause any harm. Gina recommends that children under two years should not have salt added to their food, with the exception of low salt stock used in soups and casseroles. If you are unsure about whether you should add salt to your children's food it would be advisable to discuss the matter with your health visitor.Too much salt can be very dangerous for babies and can lead to high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease in later life. For more information on salt intake and the health of your children, please read this.
Sugar Water and night-time feeds
It is important that the sugar water remedy is only used as a last resort to help eliminate the problem of Colic. Gina mentions the use of sugar water under the COLIC section in the CLBB, pages 94 to 95. If a baby is putting on excessive weight each week, feeding several times in the night, and crying constantly between feeds, she advises that the use of sugar water may help eliminate this pattern of feeding and crying which is so often assoiciated with Colic. This remedy should not be used to replace the milk feeds of babies who are not suffering from the above mentioned symptoms. If your baby is over one month, settling well between 7pm and 10pm but still waking before 2pm, or waking twice in the night he is not suffering from colic - the problem is more likely to be linked to the 10pm feed. For advice on how to deal with this please check the Feeding FAQ.