Common weaning worries

Lots of parents worry about choking, constipation and allergies when weaning. 
 
It’s normal to worry about introducing your baby to lots of new foods, tastes, and textures. The key to successful weaning is to start slowly and take the lead from your baby on when they are ready.
 
The advice below can lessen risk and help you deal with problems. If you’re concerned about allergies or medical conditions that could play a role in weaning, talk to your GP or health visitor
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Choking

Although it’s frightening, choking is rare. Babies use their gag reflex to prevent choking, by bringing food back into position so they can chew it. You’ll see your child do this a lot while trying new foods.

You should still always stay with your baby during mealtimes. It’s also worth knowing how to help a choking child.

Constipation

Constipation is common while weaning. Make sure your child drinks enough water with meals, and include vegetables and fruits. Massaging their tummy or cycling their legs can relieve pain if they’re constipated.

Allergies

Introduce foods that could cause an allergic reaction one at a time and in very small amounts. This makes it easier to spot a reaction and know what caused it. Some of these foods include:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Nuts and peanuts
  • Soya
  • Eggs
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Seeds
  • Gluten, wheat, barley and rye

The NHS has more advice about food allergies and weaning.

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