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 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.
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:
The NHS has more advice about food allergies and weaning.
You don’t have to share your details with us – there are lots of reasons why you might want to remain anonymous, which we will respect. All calls are confidential, and we will always seek your agreement before we share any of your details with other organisations. The only time we will share information without your consent is if we think there is a life-threatening situation, or if you or someone else might be at risk of significant harm. On these occasions we may need to contact the Police, Ambulance Service or Children’s Social Care.
We keep your chat data for up to seven years, and share anonymised data with the commissioners of this service. By using Parent Talk, you understand and give your explict consent to this.
Your email address will not be used for any reason beyond giving you parenting information, support and advice.