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Honey is not recommended at all for babies under one year of age because of the risk of infant botulism. The risk isn't big, but if it happens, it can be life-threatening. Avoiding honey until the child is older is an easy way to prevent this. To protect your baby from infant botulism: Don't offer honey. Wild honey is a potential source of C. ...


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Botulism spores are one of the very few things that can survive in honey, and even then, they can only do it by becoming totally inactive. In an adult, stomach acid will destroy those spores, and normal gut microbes will eliminate any that survive to reach the small intestine An infant's stomach isn't acidic enough to do the job, and their intestinal ...


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Some nutritionists advise against a strict vegan diet, particularly for very young children, as it can be difficult to meet their nutritional requirements. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/apr/20/veganism-safe-children https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/vegetarian-diets-and-children As a parent your primary responsibility ...


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You answer your own question in the prohibitions you put on the acceptable answers. If someone is doing something that you don't like there are only a few solution. Ask them to stop Do it yourself (cook for yourself or move out) Accept it There aren't really any other choices. What you need to do is work on #1 more. The only way to resolve an issue it ...


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I have a slightly Zen answer to this, which is that you shouldn't say an absolute "no" to sweets. Limit the amounts, by all means, only to specific occasions if possible. But do not categorically say no. The problem with making something forbidden is that it makes it much more desirable, especially to children but also to adults. There is a type of snack ...


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For the first year, infants should have no more than 0.4g of sodium (1g of salt) per day. Odds are they will get most of that through naturally occurring salts. More than this can be dangerous for your baby's kidneys. After one year old, you can start adding small amounts of salt to foods, though it's probably not necessary in most cases. Especially if ...


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Just my personal opinion, but: I think this is a choice you should leave up to your children. Whether or not a vegetarian or vegan diet is good, advisable or even ethically required is very much in debate, with good arguments for both sides. From a medical point of view, I think the general consensus is that vegetarian is ok for children, if it is ...


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You've tried already to ask and your parents have said that they are willing to accommodate you, but they continue to salt according to their taste. I have two suggestions. Be specific about the amount of salt. So instead of "can you use less salt?", try something more like "can you use half the amount of salt that the recipe calls for?" Because maybe they ...


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Use sunbutter or wowbutter and jelly. They are peanut butter substitutes that are supposed to taste exactly like peanut butter, but are both 100% peanut free! I have a peanut allergy and I eat it all the time.


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Meat, in and of itself, isn't something that you must eat any particular amount of. Many people are quite successful vegetarians and vegans, even as children, and on the other side of things, well, many children have meat-centric meals at least as much as you describe with no ill effects. The important consideration is the diet as a whole, and what effect ...


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I am not a doctor, and this forum is not a substitute for getting medical advice. If you think your daughter has a medical problem, you should seek care from a competent medical provider. That said, has anybody mentioned Prader-Willi syndrome to you? It is a genetic disorder that results in a person always being hungry. Characteristic of PWS is "low muscle ...


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It sounds like your son has developed quite a bad habit there. Eating in front of the television is not good, so I think you'll want to nip this habit in the bud straight away. It might seem harsh, but I really think you should simply wait it out. Don't turn on the TV, no matter what. He'll eat when he gets hungry enough. Don't make a big fuss, and don't ...


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The recommendations on how much of a particular food group should be included in a healthy diet give amounts per day, and aren't so concerned about which meals each item is included in. Depending on which set of guidelines you look at, a seven year old girl should be getting 3-5 ounces of lean proteins a day. Here are a couple of links to charts that break ...


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There are a few possible causes. It may be that your son likes the taste or texture of dinner, even though he is not hungry, and therefore he chews on the food but isn't really motivated to swallow. It may be a control issue: he's essentially saying I don't have to swallow and you can't make me, and that grin definitely points (at least in part) to him ...


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You're asking your parents to do something quite easy in theory, yet very difficult in practice: To cook the food in a way that tastes wrong to them. As you've discovered, salt and the enhanced flavors it gives are habit-forming. To your parents, "unsalted" food tastes bland and bad, simply because it doesn't meet their expectations of the flavors. When ...


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It sounds like you are basically doing exactly the right thing at mealtimes. I'd support everything said in the answer by 'A E'. I think your strategy of not reacting sounds perfect. I add a bit more detail on what has worked very well for us, mixed with the standard wisdom, in What to do about a 4 year old that's unbelievably picky about food . I would ...


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While looking into stimulants, I found out oranges do contain Synephrine, an alkaloid, occurring naturally in some plants and animals. According to wikipedia's page on synephrine: p-synephrine (or formerly Sympatol and oxedrine [BAN]) and m-synephrine are known for their longer acting adrenergic effects compared to norepinephrine. Its molecular ...


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I don't know if the behavior is "normal", but it's certainly something I've heard of before (though not something my kids have done). It's probably largely what you say - a small rebellion. Children around two are learning that they have some control over things, and they like seeing what that entails. One of the things he has control over is eating - ...


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It's difficult even for teenagers and adults to understand and acknowledge the fact that too much sweets are bad for one's health (and weight). At 2yo you can try explaining - you will or will not succed in that. But the most important thing is to limit the amount of sweets to an absolute minumum (ie. special occasions like family visits or birthdays). It'...


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Coconut is not really a nut, though the FDA now classifies it as a "tree nut". It is not cross-reactive with nut allergies in general; see for example this page discussing nut allergies. Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to ...


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I believe the "why" is best explained by experience and example. And that example should be you and your husband. At 2 years old, your daughter doesn't have the attention span to listen to all the research on why sugar is bad for you. And even if she did, she doesn't have the foresight at that age to realize that healthy habits now lead to a healthy body, ...


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I read this article and it explains well about the baby food in the first year. Baby Food Stage 1: Birth to 4 months What to feed: Only food for infants is breast milk or infant formula to meet all their nutritional needs. Recommended milk is breast milk only. You should start giving formula or any other substitute in case breast milk supply ...


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Firstly, if you're going to a specialist clinic I would assume that they are going to give far better and tailored advice that "the internet" will be able to, especially from the few details you give in the question. I think the main problem might be that he (very understandably) prefers breastfeeding to solid food! Now, obviously you cannot control your ...


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I asked a very similar question here about a year ago 1 year old baby won't eat in day, drinks milk all night and I got some helpful answers although no-one could really suggest how to get my son to eat more. A year on, we've had some success trying certain things and I think that just time in itself makes a big difference. It's not very well ...


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I understand why you're anxious about this. It can be really alarming to think of something "stuck" in your three-year-old child's mouth with nothing you can do to get it out. He has realized this too! The problem wasn't really a problem until you accidentally made it into one. Our rule is that when he starts pocketing food, we don't make him eat ...


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Put the TV away for a couple of weeks. Tell him it is broken. Show him the space where it was to prove to him it has gone. If you convince him the TV is no longer an option hell accept the situation more readily.


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This is not uncommon; if you mix the cereal with formula, you can add a bit of pasteurized juice instead of water, or, as suggested above by @Layna, add a bit of either fruit puree or a sweet vegetable (carrots, squash, sweet potato, etc.) to the mix. You should avoid artificial sweeteners and honey for health reasons, and most doctors would disapprove of ...


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I'm assuming that her growth (size & weight) are normal for her age. If that's not the case, please go and contact your doctor / go to the hospital! What you see is a normal reflex (assuming the above) and that's nothing to worry about. New food has a different taste than milk and that takes time to get used to. With regards to the practical side of ...


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The truth will help, as follows. Sweets have pros and cons. Pros: Tastes good Some candy has caffeine, which causes a little boost Cons: Appetite is satiated so less healthy foods are eaten. This will hurt in the long run. Each day is part of the long run. Sticky sweet candy sticks to the teeth and causes tooth decay. Note: Non-sticky sweets pose ...


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If everyone at the table is eating together then when everyone is done your child should either swallow or spit the food. No food after that last bite and continue your night routine. He won't starve! If you are not eating together maybe set an egg timer so he knows how long is a reasonable amount of time to eat his food. When the timer is up dinner is over, ...



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