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The beginning of complementary feeding is a great change in the life of the baby, who goes from drinking milk exclusively to gradually becoming familiar with the various foods that make up the diet of adults.
Although there are many ways to approach complementary feeding, the most common is to start with ground foods. However, for some this is a problemThey are children who do not want to eat solid foods.
From the diet based on purees there must be a progression, and not a stagnation, so that complementary feeding has to evolve towards the food that we consume as adults.
Although it is not necessary to offer the child purees, but can be started with whole foods from 6 months, the crushed ones are the option chosen by a great majority of parents, who nevertheless do not receive guidelines or information on how or at what age to continue with the evolution of this diet.
Because of this, it is extremely common to go beyond two years feeding the child with purees, instead of going from there to the chunks and then to the larger pieces, which would be the desirable progression. This is why, unfortunately, we find more children who do not want to eat solids than they should.
Getting acquainted with the chewing process is necessary in the nutritional education of the child for several reasons:
- We are omnivores, so our jaw is prepared and must be trained for it if we do not want to avoid problems in adulthood, both teeth and health, by not following a proper diet.
- Manage solid foods it is the only way we have to avoid choking, although obviously there are some fortuitous that are unavoidable.
- Poor development of the jaw muscles affects speech, being related to speech therapy problems.
Unfortunately, introducing solid foods to an older child is a slow and tiring process both for them and for parents and children.
After two years it is a sign of alarm that the child refuses to eat something other than crushed, and, as parents, we have to take action on the matter.
- Obviously, if you are not used to eating solids, it is natural that you reject them, so instead of offering solids as is, it is better modify what you already know, that is, its puree, increasing its thickness and texture progressively.
- Once the child gets used to eating pieces in his puree, the next step may be to decrease the amount of puree in favor of chunks, so that the child is able to accept the pieces of food as usual. These pieces probably require little chewing, so, from here, once we have achieved that the solid pieces are well accepted, the idea will be to get the child to chew.
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