The Department of Science and Technology- Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) recently offered advice on introducing infants to solid food, pointing out, new foods should be introduced in around three day intervals in order to observe as possible allergic reactions.
When presenting new foods, they should begin as a liquid puree given in small amounts and gradually increasing in consistency and size.
They should also not to ensure food is bland as a baby’s kidneys cannot yet cope with salt. In addition, after the age of one, salt and sugar should be used sparingly, particularly the latter as it may lead to tooth decay.
DOST-FNRI also suggests to not force feed the child.
Meanwhile, make sure eating utensils are sterilized and the food is given at the right temperature./WDJ