New parents frequently seek advice about when is the best time to introduce food into their baby’s diet. It is important to introduce new foods slowly, one at a time, when the child’s appetite indicates a need and taste for them. One indicator of the right moment may be the emergence of the two upper and lower teeth. Emphasize simple, easy to digest, non-allergenic foods: soupy porridge made from non-glutinous white rice, cooked and pureed carrots, yams, spinach, apples, pears, or bananas; diluted, unsweetened fruit juices; vegetable or meat broth. Avoid the early or excessive feeding of sugar, honey, fruit juice, grains, starchy foods (bread, crackers, pasta), raw fruits and vegetables.
Terry Pfau DO, HMD