ADHD in kids: Symptoms and remedies

ADHD

Do you feel that it is hard for your child to pay attention? Do you feel that your child finds it difficult to sit without movement or maybe restless and overly active? If yes, it can be a sign of ADHD or Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or these are the ADHD in kids symptoms.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in kids. It is a disorder which makes it difficult for kids to pay attention, control Impulsive behavior, and feel restless. Usually, the symptoms of ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) start to surface between the age of 3 to 6 years old, and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. However the symptoms like hyperactivity improves with age and other symptoms like poor impulse control and disorganization often continue through the teen year

Many kids find it difficult at some point of time in focusing, sitting still, paying attention and self-control. But kids with ADHD find it more difficult and more often. It can affect a child’s life at school, at home or even with friends.

ADHD in kids: symptoms

Following are some common symptoms in the behavior of child with ADHD, generally noticeable in the early childhood:

Inattentiveness:

Trouble in staying focused on a task.

Often makes careless mistakes

Easily distracted.

Appears forgetful or losing things. (foods to increase memory)

Difficulty in following instructions.

Frequently avoid tasks that require a long time.

People usually complain that he/she doesn’t listen even when someone is directly talking to them.

Disorganized.

Hyperactivity:

Excessive physical activity like unnecessary climbing and jumping.

Talk nonstop.

Be fidgety and restless.

Trouble sitting still.

Disrupt others or can’t wait for their turn.

Impulsive:

Act too quickly without thinking.

Interrupting conversation.

Constantly tap their hands or feet.

Not able to interpret danger.

Desire for immediate reward.

Difficulty sleeping.(What are some foods that help in sound sleep?)

Causes:

However the exact cause of ADHD is not clear yet and research is continuing. The kids with family history of ADHD, who were born premature or have low birth weight, brain injury that happened either in the womb or later in life are at high risk.

Diagnosis:

If you notice any of the above ADHD in kids symptoms in your child, you must go for a proper diagnosis as recommended by the doctor. While there is no specific test for ADHD, diagnosis may likely include.

Medical exam.

Gathering information about the symptoms that exist, and from when these symptoms started.

Whether these symptoms are affecting their day to day life, or they find it difficult to socialize.

Family history of ADHD.

May also involve interviews or questionnaires for family members, teachers and others close to the child.

It is important to differentiate ADHD from other clinical disorders as it can have symptoms that may overlap with them. Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety can be misdiagnosed in a patient with ADHD as these symptoms (inattention and poor focus, memory loss, distractibility, etc) generally persist in individuals with the disorder

Treatment and Therapies

While there is no cure for ADHD, currently available treatments can help reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Treatments include medication, psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments.

Healthy ADHD diet for kids:

It is very important to feed kids a nutritious diet from the early years itself, even more important if the child is suffering from ADHD. Along with the treatment and therapies a healthy ADHD diet for kids including essential nutrients is must, which may help in reducing the symptoms. Experts say whatever is good for the brain is likely to be good for ADHD. Below is the list of essential nutrients recommended as a part of a healthy ADHD diet.

Protein

Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. It builds, maintains and repairs body tissues. It is also essential for brain health and plays an important role in producing neurotransmitters (brain chemical). It’s also integral in forming enzymes and hormones in the body. From digestion to immunity, from hair to nails, everything requires protein. Some foods rich in protein are: nuts and seeds, egg and dairy products.(how to get a protein rich diet?)

Omega 3 fatty acids:

Research has established a link between omega 3 fatty acids and brain development in early childhood. These healthy fats have amazing brain boosting power and play a vital role in enhancing memory and attention span. Fish & walnuts are a very good source of omega 3. (Why is Omega 3 important for your kids?)

Magnesium:

In our body, Magnesium is responsible for nerve transmission and nerve-muscle coordination. In other words, it protects against the excessive excitement in a child (which can be traumatic). There is enough research going on how Magnesium can help in fixing or preventing neurological disorders. Banana, avocado, pumpkin seeds and spinach are some food sources of magnesium.(what are some disorders in which magnesium can help?)

Zinc: 

Zinc is considered an essential nutrient which means that the body cannot produce or store it. For this reason, it is very important to add zinc in your daily diet. Zinc is required for proper brain function and development, immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing. Some food sources rich in zinc are: nuts, pumpkin seeds, spinach, chicken, shrimp and kidney beans. (How can zinc help with hair and skin health?)

Iron:

Iron is an important dietary mineral which is essential for the growth and development of kids- both physical and mental growth. It is also responsible for carrying oxygen from lungs to different parts of the body. Lack of iron in children’s bodies leads to iron deficiency (how to deal with iron deficiency in kids?) and may also significantly affect dopamine metabolism (brain chemical). Green vegetables, fruits, and dried fruits are some sources of iron rich foods.(How can a cast iron pan help?)

Complex carbohydrates:

Having whole grains and less processed food and flours reduces risk of blood sugar spikes, also they feel full for longer, this will prevent them from unnecessary snacking. It also encourages better sleep. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and lentils are carbs rich foods.(importance of good carbs for kids)

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what is gluten free means: A guide to a Gluten free Diet for Kids

What is gluten free means? Is a gluten free diet advisable for kids? Before answering this question let us understand the meaning of gluten and gluten free diet. Gluten is a protein found naturally in certain grains including wheat, barley, spelt and rye. There are two main proteins in gluten: glutenin and gliadin. Gliadin is responsible for the adverse health effects of gluten. The name gluten is derived from the glue-like property of this protein. When the flour mixes with water, the gluten protein forms a sticky texture that has glue like consistency. A gluten free diet is an eating plan that excludes foods containing gluten.

Why a Gluten free diet for kids? 

Gluten is not harmful and unhealthy. Avoiding or cutting gluten from your kid’s diet would not make your child feel better, however kids with certain health conditions are advised to avoid gluten or have a gluten free diet.

If the child is suffering from Celiac Diseases or gluten intolerance, should stick to a gluten free diet. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine’s lining due to eating gluten. People suffering from this disorder experience unpleasant symptoms after eating gluten rich foods like bread or pasta. Whereas gluten intolerance is the body’s inability to digest or break down gluten. Some people have gluten intolerance with mild sensitivity to gluten while others may have celiac disease.

Symptoms of celiac disease

Children with celiac disease may have the symptoms like weight loss, vomiting, abdominal pain and bloating, diarrhea or constipation and in some cases delayed puberty(How to deal with puberty in girls?). Kids with a family history of celiac disease are at higher risk. If you feel your child has any symptoms of celiac disease or gluten intolerance, call your doctor and go for the test he/ she suggests.

Treatment

Currently the only way to treat celiac disease is to avoid gluten. A lifelong strict gluten-free diet is the only available treatment for celiac disease. Parents should take extra care of kids with this disorder, as it is very difficult for kids to understand and follow the restricted diet. Make everybody around them aware of the fact like their teachers, school staff and friends.

Some foods are naturally gluten-free and some made gluten-free through a process of purification. There are several foods that are naturally gluten-free, such as rice, corn, potatoes and a number of different grains, seeds and legumes. Historically, rice, corn and potatoes have been the first natural substitutes for gluten-containing grains.

Gluten containing cereals:

Some foods that naturally contains gluten and should be avoided by a person or child suffering from celiac disease or have gluten intolerance are:

  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Kamut
  • Malt
  • Triticale
Gluten free foods:

Gluten free foods are often low nutrients, as opposed to their gluten containing equivalents. Kids with celiac disease need to avoid gluten, they cannot eat many foods which are often good sources of minerals and vitamins. So, in order to make sure that your child gets all the nutrients despite the gluten free diet, meet with a registered dietitian nutritionist. A dietitian can work with you and your child to develop a gluten-free, balanced eating plan. Here are some naturally gluten free foods with their benefits.(Nutrients a child require?)

Vegetables:

Veggies like carrots, tomatoes, beetroot, broccoli, peas and other leafy greens are mostly gluten free. These veggies are a great source of vitamin A, C, E, fiber, iron and antioxidants. Vegetables are often a good source of prebiotic fiber that supports a healthy gut and immune system by becoming the food of the good bacteria living in the gut. Encourage your child to eat a variety of vegetables so that they do not face any mineral or vitamin deficiency due to a such diet. (Power foods for kids)

Fruits:

Fruits are one of the gluten free foods. Fruit provides vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and many phytonutrients (nutrients naturally present in plants), which helps kids’ bodies to stay healthy. Fruits being rich in antioxidants boost a child’s immunity and give sustainable energy which is specially required when the child is on a special diet. It also ensures kids healthy growth and development. High in fiber contents it aids in proper functioning of the digestive system and thus prevents constipation. Fruits also provide a wide range of health- boosting antioxidants, including flavonoids.(fruits for teens and kids)

Nuts and seeds:

Apart from being gluten free foods, Nuts and seeds are among the best foods with protein to meet the daily requirement of the body. They are packed with antioxidants, protein, calcium, fiber, potassium, healthy fats like omega 3 and 6 (Why Omega 3 is important?). They are considered super healthy for brain development in children, nuts also help keep their immune system strong. (Why to include nut and seeds daily to a kid’s diet?)

Whole Grains:

Except for a few whole grains which contain gluten, rest are naturally gluten free. However when you are purchasing gluten free whole grains, always check the labels, because even gluten free gains can be contaminated with gluten, if they are processed in the same facility as gluten containing foods. Some of the gluten free whole grains are: quinoa, rice, brown rice, sorghum, millet, amaranth, teff, arrowroot, oats and buckwheat. Whole grains are nutritious foods for kids as they are powerhouse of energy and rich in carbohydrates, protein, iron, fiber, iodine, magnesium, zinc, folate, riboflavin and vitamin E. All these nutrients help in overall growth and development of kids.

Gluten free source of Protein:

Protein is considered the body’s building block and repair agent. It’s also integral in forming enzymes and hormones in the body. From digestion to immunity, from hair to nails, everything requires protein. Some such sources of protein are: legumes (beans, lentils, peanuts, and peas), fresh fish, tofu, red meat, fresh chicken and egg. (Some easy sources of protein)

Gluten free dairy products:

Most of the dairy products are naturally gluten free, but if they are flavored and contain preservatives or additives, do check the labels before buying, as they can include thickeners, malt and modified food starch. Some of the dairy products are: milk, yogurt, butter, paneer, cottage cheese, ghee etc.

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Healthy Alternatives of sugar for Kids

In today’s era of packaged and processed foods, sugar is just unavoidable, it is in everything you eat from breads to sauces, from snacks to beverages. It is now high time to shift on healthy alternatives of sugar for kids. Bread is one of the most staple foods in every household for kids.( What happens when you eat too much bread?) Other common sources of sugar are white sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, cookies, candy, donut, cake, canned drinks, packed juices, bottled shakes and smoothies, granola bars, sauces, jams and many others. Everything that the child picks up to eat today has strains of added sugar in some form or the other. The food industry has understood the formula to entice more and more kids towards their products- ADD SUGAR!

However, sugar has many positives and contains healthy nutrients, if you take it in its natural form. In processed form, large intake of sugar can harm the growth and performance of a child. Sugar damages the protein in our body, resulting in ageing of organs, which further compromises immunity, growth and functioning. Kids often fall sick, heal slowly, are physically unfit and become lazy. Kids love to enjoy meals with high sugar content. Here are some reasons why too much sugar is harmful.

Effects of Added Sugar:
Weight gain:

The first and the most significant risk of excessive sugar intake is weight gain. According to a study, a diet high in fat and sugar, especially sugary drinks can lead to leptin resistance, a hormone that regulates hunger and tells your body to stop eating. (How to fight Obesity?)

Causes tooth cavities:

Sugary foods cause tooth decay which may lead to cavities. When sugar is consumed it comes in contact with bacteria within the plaque to produce acid. This acid causes tooth decay and it slowly dissolves the enamel which leads to cavities in the teeth. ( why it is important to brush your teeth at night?)

Poor nutrition:

If you eat more sugary foods and drinks, you will miss the chance to absorb important nutrients from nutritious foods. Such intake on a regular basis can deplete four of the best bone-friendly nutrients from your child’s body. Consumption of sugar increases an enzyme that degrades vitamin D and thereby also results in reduced absorption of calcium by the bones. Vitamin C helps to make collagen and also delays the decaying process of bones. Sugar intake restricts the absorption of this vitamin into our body cells resulting in weaker bones. Magnesium works on keeping the bones strong. Sugar strips the body of magnesium too by releasing it out through urine. (Which nutrients a child needs on daily basis?)

Risk of acne:

A diet rich in added sugar has been associated with the risk of having acne. Foods with high sugar contents cause your body insulin level to spike which increases the production of oils in the skin  and causes pores clogging, which results in acne. ( some home remedies for acne)

Early ageing:

consuming a diet high in refined carbs and sugar leads to the production of AGEs (advanced glycation end production). AGEs damages collagen and elastin, which helps the skin stretch and keep it youthful and when collagen and elastin damages the skin becomes loose and begins to sag.( How to protect your skin from ageing with foods?)

Fatty liver:

foods with high sugar contents especially fructose increases the risk of fatty liver. Unlike other types of sugar fructose is exclusively broken down by the liver. If the food has a large amount of fructose, your liver becomes overloaded and leads to many fatty liver diseases. (What is fatty liver and how to prevent it?)

Spikes blood sugar level:

High sugar consumption drives resistance to insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance leads to an increase in blood sugar level and also raises the risk of diabetes.

Sugar is present naturally in all the foods that contain carbohydrates, like fruits, vegetables and grains, and consuming sugar in its natural form is okay, but problems occur when you consume too much added sugar. Our body runs on energy which is derived from Protein, Fat and Carbs. 50-60% of daily energy comes from carbs (Fiber + Sugar). Today, the majority of the energy (calorie) from carbs is derived from added sugar intake. Whereas, for our kids to have a balanced healthy growth, we need the energy (calorie) to come from natural sources of carbs (sugar) along with protein and fat.

The solution here is to shift focus to natural sweeteners. These alternatives to added sugar are extremely nutritious. Apart from making a dish sweet, they also load it with required nutrients. Natural sources of sweetness are also rich in antioxidants which help in building our immunity and also keeping our body young. Such sugar from natural sources doesn’t increase the blood sugar level in our body. Below are some natural sugar substitutes.

Health Sugar Alternatives:

These sugar alternatives are a healthy mix of fructose and fiber (and also other nutrients). It is important to consume sugar along with other nutrients. This slows down the sudden rise in blood sugar levels. Consuming large quantity of simple sugar increases the blood sugar levels in the body. Constant increasing of blood sugar levels lead to signs of diabetes in kids (a common concern these days, and also on a rising trend). When sugar is consumed, the blood sugar level rises.

To manage that, insulin is released and the liver works on lowering the blood sugar levels. Imagine, when this happens at a constant basis. Soon the body stops reacting to insulin too. Liver is overburdened with this task and eventually becomes weak in its performance. Overall, this creates a mess for the body. To be able to manage this well, sugar must be consumed in limited quantity and also with other nutrients in its natural form (example whole fruits instead of fruit juices).

Date sugar:

Date sugar is made by drying and powdering the dates. It is an easier sweetener to add to baked goods like cakes and cookies, and also to porridge and oat meals. Apart from making the dish sweet, it is a powerhouse of antioxidants, iron and fiber. It is one of the most common alternatives of sugar (Recipe for one pot dark chocolate dates cake)

Black strap molasses:

It is made after the third boiling of sugar cane juice. The majority of sugar (sucrose) from the original juice has crystallized and been removed. It is considered a dietary supplement. 1 tablespoon can give up to 20% of daily recommended intake of several vitamins and minerals. The taste of this is strong but can blend well with other ingredients in smoothies, shakes, cakes and cookies.

Coconut sugar:

Coconut sugar is extracted from the sap of the coconut palm. This also contains nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium, as well as antioxidants. It also has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar, which may be partly due to its inulin content. It can be used in place of sugar for baking, and making any sweet dish or beverages.

Raw honey:

In its raw form honey has many health benefits, it has antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antifungal qualities. But it should be used in moderate quantities as it has a high fructose level. You can buy local or unprocessed honey rather than the one easily available in store which are highly processed. ( recipe for honey turmeric balls, good for immunity)

Stevia:

Stevia is one of the Alternatives of sugar made up of the leaves of a stevia plant, a kind of herb, it’s extremely sweet and safe in its natural form. It has no carbohydrates, calories or any artificial ingredients and a very low glycemic index, so does not spike your blood sugar level. Stevia in powder or liquid form is easily available in supermarkets and health-food stores.

Monk fruit sugar:

This sugar is extracted from the monk fruit, a small and round fruit grown in Southeast Asia. It has no calories and no effects on blood sugar level. Monk fruit contains natural sugars, mainly fructose and glucose. It is high in unique antioxidants called mogrosides, which make it 100–250 times sweeter than regular sugar.

Maple syrup:

Maple syrup is the most loved sugar substitute because of its flavorful taste. It contains many antioxidants and a lower score on a glycemic index. Also rich in minerals like calcium, zinc, potassium and iron. Maple syrup is made by boiling the sap of maple trees and is easily available in stores. So next time when you make something sweet for your kids use these sugar alternatives. (Recipe of chocolate Twix bar)

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Breakfast Ideas that are healthy For Kids

Your morning sets up the success of your day. If your child starts their day with healthy and nutritious breakfast you will see a difference in their health and academic performance. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast do better in school, have better concentration, perform better in sports and remain energetic throughout the day. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day out of all the meals as it refuels your body after a long night of sleep. A healthy breakfast is very important for your kid’s growth and weight management

Benefits of breakfast
  • Eating breakfast boosts your metabolism.
  • Improves concentration and attention
  • Keeps you feeling fuller for long and reduces the risk of starving, hence control weight.
  • Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast consume more vitamins, minerals and fiber throughout the day.
  • Keeps you energetic throughout the day.
  • If you skip your breakfast, obviously you are going to eat much in the next meal, this will increase the chances of being overweight.
  • If you don’t eat breakfast you may be in a bad mood throughout the day.
  • Doing Breakfast keeps the blood sugar level stable during the day.

A healthy breakfast should be packed with protein, fiber and carbohydrates that will give you energy to kick start your day and keep you full for a longer time. Below are some breakfast ideas that are healthy and nutritious too. Recipes that you can daily offer your child so that they can jump start their day.

breakfast ideas that are healthy

Try these breakfast ideas that are healthy and easy to make with your family and friends

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Quinoa Peas Meal

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup quinoa boiled in equal water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion chopped.
  • ½ cup peas.
  • 1 pod garlic and ginger chopped.
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds.
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • Lemon juice fresh
  • Green chilli chopped (optional)
  • Salt
  • Chopped handful coriander

Heat oil in a pan. Put cumin ginger garlic and onion. Sauté for a minute. Add peas, salt and chilies. Cook for 3 min. Add boiled quinoa (no water at all)and Iyurved’s savoury spread. Cook for 5 min. Add lots of lemon juice to taste spicy, salty and sour. All flavors! Garnish with coriander. Serve!

Paneer Paratha with hidden radish

Ingredients:

  • 4 small radish
  • 2 cups Jowar/ sorghum or whole-wheat flour (or as much required to make super soft dough)
  • Salt (as per taste)
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 Nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • Paneer or firm tofu (mixed with spices of choice)

Keep the dough very soft. Take a ball of dough Scramble Paneer or firm tofu. Add spices of choice and salt stuff mixture in the fattened ball of dough, roll the ball into a thin paratha/tortilla, cook on both sides and apply little ghee

Sprouted Mung Bean (Moong Dal) Cheela/ Pancake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mung bean/ moong dal
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp Ajwain/ Carom seeds
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 1 pod ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

Wash and soak for 30 min to remove impurities (Why soak?). Add fresh 2 cups of water and leave to soak further for 4-5 hours. Grind the paste with ginger pod. (Added health benefits of fermenting?) Leave the mixture covered with a lid to ferment for a few hours or make immediately. Add salt, herb and nut spread, cumin and carom seeds when ready to cook. Heat iron or non-stick pan. Grease lightly. Spread one big spoon of mixture and spread circular till thin. Cook covered with a lid. Flip to cook on the other side. Serve with any sauce or plain! (Added health benefits of using iron pan?)

Millet Upma

Ingredients:

  • Ghee (clarified butter) or oil
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Crushed roasted Peanuts
  • Medium size chopped onion (or more veggies)
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 cup little millet or semolina
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 2 cups water

After the veggies are cooked and turn brown, add Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here). Roast again. Add millet or semolina. Add water. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes till soft and water is absorbed. Garnish with coriander. Serve hot!

Millet Halwa

 

  • 1.5 cups Ragi (finger millet)
  • 2 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • ½ cup jaggery
  • Water
  • ½ tsp Cardamom powder

Roast Ragi/ millet once aromatic add Ghee and Iyurved Spread Keep Roasting till change in colour (keep low flame) Take water and jaggery and melt once mixture thickens slightly, add mixture. Keep mixing. Add more water if the paste becomes too hard to mix. Soon the mixture will be cooked well and will leave edges. Add Cardamom powder. Serve garnished with nuts and cardamom powder.

Beetroot Wrap

  • 1cup Ragi flour (optional)
  • 1 cup chickpea flour or mung bean paste (soak mung bean for 4 hours, blend with water to make thick batter)
  • 1 beetroot grated/ puréed (uncooked)
  • 200mg Tofu (mashed)
  • 3 tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • Water (as required)
  • Salt (as per taste)
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp Ajwain/ Carom seeds
  • 2tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • Coriander leaves (chopped)

 Mix all these ingredients together to make it better. Spread 1 serving spoon batter on a non-stick pan. Apply some oil. Flip the other side. Taste best with coconut chutney.

(What happen when you eat beetroot daily?)

Whole Grain Pizza cups

Stuffing:

  • Sprouts of any kind (pea sprout, alfaalfa etc)
  • Cheddar cheese or vegan or any
  • chopped onions
  • chopped tomato
  • basil, pine nut, sesame spread (blend basil, garlic, pine nuts and sesame seeds, nut milk in a thick smooth paste form) or use Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)

Dough:

  • Equal part Ragi flour or amaranth flour or Rye flour or Sorghum flour (any two)
  • Put salt and oregano
  • Add 2 tbsp psyllium husk (optional but good)
  • 1 boiled sweet potato (optional)
  • 1 tsp yeast (optional)
  • 5 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • water or yogurt to knead into sticky dough
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional but good)
  • Mix all this together into a sticky dough and leave to rise for 2 hours covered lightly with a cotton cloth and loose lid.

Preheat 5 minutes, Bake for 15 minutes at 200 Celsius.

Apple and Banana Muffins

  •  Eggs or 2 tbsp chia or flax seeds powder soaked in 6 tbsp warm water till it becomes lumpy
  • 2 mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp butter or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 1.5 cup whole-wheat flour or almond flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 small apple cut in small chunks
  • Honey (optional)
  • Choco chips (optional)

Preheat the oven at 175 Celsius for 5 min.Mix eggs/ chia or flax paste, banana, and butter or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here) in a bowl. Add flour, baking soda, apple chunks, salt to the bowl and Mix well. Feel free to add chocolate chips to the mixture. Taste the mixture for sweetness or else add honey. Divide batter into muffin pan or moulds. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown and the toothpick/ knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on the wire rack and eat! Feel free to add chocolate chips to the mixture. Add melted dark chocolate or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts Choco spread (order here) on top (optional) (Benefits of eating banana and apple)


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Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.


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Why Deworming in kids is necessary?

Every parent wishes to give their child a better environment and a healthy life. But Presence of worms in the stomach or intestine of your kid can shatter this wish of yours. Deworming in kids is necessary as these worms badly affect the growth and development of kids.(How to help your baby in growth and development?) The main cause behind this issue is unclean environment which takes a serious toll on the kids’ health. The World Health Organization stated that “soil transmitted helminth (STH)  infections are among the most common infections in humans, caused by a group of parasites commonly referred to as worms, including three main types that are roundworms, whipworms and hookworms.

These intestinal worms can severely affect the child’s nutrition and growth. ”For food and survival, these worms reside in the human intestine where they produce thousands of eggs every day. Consumption of vegetables grown in contaminated soil and drinking or washing hands with polluted water or playing in ground where soil carries these worms and pets with infections are some of the potential sources from where your child can get these worms.

Awareness

There is an increased number of awareness worldwide about deworming for children. It is important to identify the symptoms in children so that you can prevent growth deficiency and infant mortality. Certainly from the age of two, you should deworm your child regularly. At least once every six months deworming in kids is important. Children with worm infestations need repeated deworming because this can help your child to increase his/her nutritional uptake. (Nutrition for kids) If it is ignored, these worms are able to form cysts in the liver and lungs which can lead to pneumonia and some neurological disorders. (How to take care of your kids liver health?) So, it is really important to keep a close check on your kids to figure out the symptoms as early as possible and start deworming kids accordingly.   

Why deworming in kids is important?
  • It helps in boosting immune system
  • Helps control infections
  • Keep the child active and healthy
  • Boost growth and development
Symptoms that your child is affected by these worms
  • Feeling hungry every time
  • Complaining sore tummy
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss in weight and loss of appetite
  • Anemia
  • Itching in anal region
  • Constipation
  • Blood in stool
  • Frequent urination
  • Irritating itchiness, Rashes in buttocks
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Coughing
Effects of worms on kids overall well being

These intestinal worms affect kids in several ways. Anemia is the most common effect as these worms feed on host tissues, including blood which results in loss of iron and protein. (How to overcome iron deficiency?) Children often suffer from malnutrition because these worms interrupt the process of absorption of nutrients through the small intestine. (What is the required nutrition for kids?)

Some safety measures

Children who are exposed to an unclean environment and are in direct contact with soil are more likely to have these intestinal worms. In addition to that dirty hands, toys, and tools are easy instruments for transmission of these parasites through hands to mouth and at the end they enter the body and intestine. Some precautionary measures should be taken to prevent your kids from these worms such as:

  • Keep the surroundings clean
  • Develop cleaning habits among kids
  • Don’t allow kids to play barefoot in grass and mud
  • Ensure that kid is using clean swimming pool
  • Wash fruits and vegetables properly before consumption
  • Never use Fruit and vegetable that has infested part
  • Don’t allow your child to drink water from contaminated tank
  • Never serve semi cooked meat and vegetables.

10th February is celebrated as National Deworming Day in India. It aims at eradicating the intestinal parasites and to prevent malnutrition among children in the age group of 1- 19 years. There are some medications provided to deworm kids and all of them are safe to use. But it’s always better if one could find some natural ways to get rid of these worms. There are some foods and fruits that may help in deworming kids naturally.

Foods to get rid of intestinal worms
Pumpkin seeds:

Pumpkin seeds are used as a traditional remedy to treat intestinal parasites. They are rich in an amino acid called cucurbitacin. It is also anti parasitic in nature and  helps to paralyze worms in the digestive tract. After that they easily get eliminated through stool. Recent study has also shown that pumpkin seeds can help in parasite removal- especially tapeworms. (Pumpkin seeds millet crackers recipe) So, pumpkin can help to deworm your kid.

Papaya seeds:

Papaya seeds contain a variety of essential micronutrients. It has strong anthelmintic and antiamoebic properties which mean they have the ability to kill intestinal parasites in your digestive tract. A study found that papaya seeds with honey have a positive impact on removal of intestinal parasites. You can mix papaya seeds powder with honey in warm water and can give the child empty stomach in the morning for better results. (Importance of liver health) Therefore, not only papaya but its seeds are also very useful.

Garlic:

Garlic has some very effective antiseptic and anti parasite properties that helps to destroy intestinal worms and their eggs. It not only kills the existing eggs but also prevents female pin worms from laying more eggs. Regular use of garlic can help to prevent oxidation caused by parasite toxins. (How to increase breast milk production?) Thus, Garlic plays an important in the process of deworming in kids.

Turmeric: 

Turmeric is well known for having antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. These qualities help in eliminating any of the intestinal worms. Drinking buttermilk with a tsp of turmeric daily can help in deworming your children. (Foods to boost your kids immunity?)

Carrots:

Carrots are great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. This orange vegetable can help to deworm your kid and in other stomach disorders too. Beta-carotene has ability to destroy the eggs of intestinal worms. Eating it raw after washing properly can is best home remedy for deworming kids. Carrot scrapes the mucus which is home for these parasites and helps to push away these worms out of the intestine. (Foods and recipes for 6 months old baby) Therefore, carrot is considered as one of the best foods for deworming kids.


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Dals: Amazing benefits of 9 different Lentils

Lentils are small lens shaped seeds and belong to the legume family. It is a yearly crop and many different types of lentils are found in India and Canada. Lentils hindi name is Dal. There are numerous health benefits from lentils and they come in a variety of colors and shapes.

What are the health benefits FROM Lentils

Due to numerous health benefits from lentils, an Indian thali (plate) is never complete without Dal (Lentils hindi name) and it is extremely popular in north as well as south India. You can prepare a variety of dishes with different kinds of lentils and all are amazingly delicious. One can either cook to consume lentils directly, or sprout them (why sprout?) or make them into a batter for wraps (recipe for lentil wrap or lentil soup). There are several health benefits from lentils for kids that make them a must-have in your child’s daily diet.

The following nutrition information is provided by the USDA (United States deptt. of agriculture):

For 1 cup (198g) of cooked lentils with no added salt: 

NutrientAmount
Calories230 kcal
Fat0.8g
Sodium4mg
Carbohydrates40g
Fiber15.6g
Sugar3.6g
Protein18g
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Health benefits:

Rich in proteins: Amongst various health benefits of different kinds of lentils, the most important benefit is that it is rich in protein. Protein helps in building muscles & supports generation and regeneration of cells in the body. For kids, protein is a vital nutrient and should be included in their each and every meal. Each 1 cup serving of lentils provides a healthy 18 grams of protein, so it is a boon for vegetarian families and they can depend on lentils for their 90% of daily recommended intake of protein. (Why proteins are important for your kids?)

Aids digestion: Lentils are especially rich in prebiotic fiber which promotes digestive function and fuels the beneficial gut bacteria which are so important for our health. A fiber rich diet helps with a number of health benefits. (What is the role of prebiotics for good health?)

Reduces chronic diseases: Lentils have the highest total phenolic content in comparison to other common legumes which helps in reducing chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease. (How to control the weight of the child?)

Supports heart health: Lentils are rich in fiber, folate and potassium making them a great choice for the heart and for managing blood pressure and cholesterol. They are also high in iron and vitamin B1 which helps maintain a steady heartbeat.

How many types of lentils are there?

Lentils come in different colours and slightly different shapes.

Green Moong:  

Whether you eat them whole, with the skin on, without the skin or split, they are extremely beneficial in providing your body with proteins. Green moong sprouts are a wonderful source of protein, is high in dietary fiber and also a good source of manganese, potassium, folate, magnesium, copper, zinc, and vitamin B.

Yellow moong dal:

In addition to proteins, yellow moong dal is rich in iron and potassium and very easy to digest. It can be easily given to babies as their first solid meal in the form of khichadi combined with rice. (What foods can be given to babies who are starting solids?) In addition to this, moong dal benefits weight loss and is consumed as part of a detox diet.

Arhar or toor dal:

Arhar dal is packed with all the healthy nutrients and is widely used in North as well as south Indian cuisines. It contains nutrients like iron, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, Vitamin B and potassium making it vital for your child’s proper growth and development. (Nutrition tips for toddlers?)

Urad dal:

Urad dal is usually called black dal when whole and white when it is skinned and split. It is great in taste and in nutritional content. Urad dal is one of the best options to improve your digestion. It is a great source of protein and also helps lower your cholesterol levels. Your kids will love urad dal because it has a nice gooey feel and is extremely tasty. Mouth-watering dishes like daal makhni, sambar vada, dahi vada and many more dishes are prepared with it.

Masoor dal:

Masoor dal is available in black and orange color. Both are really delicious and rich. This dal is very versatile and can be cooked in different ways. Besides protein, It is one of the best sources of fiber, iron, amino acids, potassium and vitamin B1 for your little one. For adults, masoor dal can be very useful in reducing your cholesterol levels and ensuring that your sugar stays in check. (How can iron deficiency hamper your child’s growth and development?)

Lobia or Black-eyed pea:

Lobia is known to have originated from West Africa, but it is widely cultivated in Asia and the US. It is loaded with fiber which helps in keeping your child feeling fuller and also improves digestion considerably. In addition to this, it has high protein content making it an essential part of your child’s diet.

Matar Dal:

Matar dal is also one of the most versatile and easy to cook dals available in India. You can use the yellow variety or the green. You can cook it as an evening snack by simply roasting and seasoning it. Matar dal provides protein and fiber and hence you should definitely include it in your child’s diet. It is also rich in several minerals like manganese, folates, copper and potassium and contains essential vitamins such as vitamin B1 and B5. (Why vitamins are important for kids?)

Chick pea/ Bengal gram/ Chana dal:

This dal comes in two forms: a smaller one with a dark skin, which is called kala chana and the larger white one which is known as kabuli chana. You can cook it in different ways and it can be sprouted to add to a salad. It has anti-inflammatory qualities, is high on folate, molybdenum, manganese, copper, fiber, protein, iron and zinc. You can give Kabuli chana to your kids in the form of hummus or a more popular form in India is to cook it as a gravy (chhole) and serve with poori. (Pumpkin hummus recipe)

KULTHI DAL/ Horse Gram:

Horse Gram is one of the best sources of calcium in comparison to other lentils and hence it is good to develop more strength in your lower body. It is also high in protein, low in fat, and in lipid and sodium content, and is good for those who have diabetes or suffer from obesity. In addition to this, it is high in carbohydrates making it very beneficial for kids. (Why is balanced diet important for kids?)

When can we start giving lentils to kids?

Due to so many benefits of different kinds of lentils, giving lentils to babies and growing children is very important to promote proper growth and development in kids. Lentils can be safely given to a baby when he/she is 6 or 8 months old or when he/she starts taking foods other than milk. At that time, you can give lentils in a very watery/liquid form. Sometimes lentils are gaseous, so you have to watch. To minimize the gas problem, you can add some veggies and make a puree. The fiber in lentil helps the child in smooth and regular bowel movements. Gradually, you can increase the lentil intake in kids, as a growing child needs a lot more protein and other minerals and fibers. (Nutrition for kids)


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Tips and Foods to Increase height of Your Child

Every parent wants their kids to be taller than them. Children grow at their own pace and the rate of their growth is also different, some kids gain height in early years while others in their late teenage years. But generally both girls and boys are likely to gain 2 inches in height every year. but there are certain tips and foods to increase height of the kids. The height of the kids depends upon many factors as listed below:

Factors that influence kid’s height

Genetics: Genetics play an important role in determining a kid’s height. They got their physical characteristics from their parents, all aspects of their personality such as , height, weight, body structure, skin , hair and eye color, all influenced by their parents genes. Usually taller parents have taller kids and vice versa.

Nutrition: After genetics nutrients is the main factor on which the height of the kids depends, as everything the body needs comes from the food we eat. Malnutrition can lead to many deficiency diseases that can adversely affect the child’s growth and development. (How to keep track of daily kids nutrition?)

Exercise and outdoor activities: Outdoor activities and regular exercise helps kids to grow well and reach their developmental milestones on time. If they regularly play outdoors or do some exercise daily, it will help keep them healthy by strengthening their immune system. (How to control the weight of the child?)

Hormones: Growth hormones play an important role in a child’s physical growth. These are made in pituitary gland and are crucial hormones for growth. If the production is low due to any health condition it will adversely affect the children’s height. (Foods that are good to balance the hormones?)

Sex: boys and girls grow in different rates. Males tend to be taller than females. Even males continue growing for longer than females.

This is a reference Height and Weight Chart for Indian Boys and Girls upto 5 years of age.

Indian Boys Growth Chart

*Weight in Kg and Height in cm.

Indian Girls Growth Chart

*Weight in Kg and Height in cm

Tips on how to increases height of kids
Balanced diet:

You are what you eat, your personality is the mirror of your diet. The foods that kids consume have to be healthy so that they grow up to be tall. A balanced diet is one which includes protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals in correct proportions. Minerals like calcium and potassium are key nutrients for bone development and should be present in the foods to increase height. Also keep a check on the consumption of processed foods as it adversely affects the kid’s growth. (Nutrition tips for toddlers?)

Exercise and yoga:

Outdoor play and exercise must be part of a kid’s lifestyle. There are some exercises which help in gaining height like stretching, as it helps elongate the spine and also improves the posture of the child at all times. Hanging from the bar also helps the spine elongate, which is important to be taller. The next exercise for gaining height is skipping, in which the body stretches entirely and promotes the overall growth in the kids. Swimming is another sport or exercise which keeps your child active and energetic, it’s a full body exercise which involves lots of stretching which helps kids to grow taller. Apart from these exercises you can also motivate your child to do some yoga poses, which is an age-old practice and helps children to make them taller. Some of the asanas are surya namaskar and chakrasana, which are proven to have positive effects on a kid’s height. (What kind of supplements should healthy kids eat?)

Good sleep:

Sleep is the golden chain that ties your health and body together. Proper sleep is one of the most important factors in your kids overall development and an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Sleeping releases a growth hormone called HGH, which plays an important role in increasing height. The effects of sleep deprivation (insufficient sleep) can lead to many developmental issues. (How is sleep linked to brain development and what foods help in better sleep?)

Sunlight:

Sunlight is the great source of vitamin D, which helps in muscle and bone growth and development that is crucial for a kid’s height. Vitamin D also helps your body to absorb calcium from the foods and aids in strengthening the bones. So always encourage our child for outdoor activities, so that they get a daily dose of vitamin D through the sun. (What foods are a good source of calcium and vitamin-D?)

Posture:

Posture of your child has a great impact on their height, as slumping can put unnecessary pressure on the spine. A good posture not only elevates stress and pain in neck and back but it can change your physical height also. Always interrupt your child to sit and walk straight when you see them slouching.

Kids are growing fast and gaining height so their Calcium needs are also high. One of the most important minerals in our body is CALCIUM. Bones are 70% calcium and it is only calcium which gives bones their hardness for protection and support. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium and works with it to build strong bones and increase height. It moves calcium from the intestine to the bloodstream and into the bones. From age 9 – 18 children need more calcium to meet the daily recommended intake. Interestingly, it is only till mid-20s that kids can improve their bones and increase height, which will last them a lifetime

Foods to increase height :
Cow’s milk and its products:

It is the most commonly consumed type of milk and naturally a good source of many nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorus and Vitamin B2 and is one of the best foods to increase height. In several countries, it is fortified with vitamin D because milk doesn’t naturally contain vitamin D, but is one of the most widely used calcium rich foods for kids. These two work together to keep the bones strong. There are some dairy products made of cow’s milk like cheese, yogurt which are a good source of vitamin D. All of these play a role in increasing the height of kids.

Egg yolk:

Eggs are one of the highest natural sources of vitamin D. Just one whole large egg provides 50% of vitamin D required for the day. It helps to maintain strong bones and teeth. Those who can may opt for fish (salmon, sardines) also as a source of vitamin D. Egg is the food if you are looking for height gainer foods.

Moringa:

Moringa is a superfood. It has 3 times more calcium than milk which makes it one of the best foods to increase height to treat weak or damaged bones and also one of the best non-dairy sources of calcium. Some studies also indicate that moringa can heal damaged bones thus making it a must have calcium rich foods for bones. Dried moringa leaf powder has 17 times more vitamin D than fortified milk. In addition to this, it’s a fix for digestion troubles, immunity and iron.

Ragi:

Ragi is also one of the foods high in calcium and vitamin D.  It is said that no other plant source provides calcium the way ragi can, making it one of a popular non-dairy sources of calcium. Ragi also has vitamin D and along with calcium, it can help in improving bone strength. It is a whole grain that is gluten free also and can be used in baking cakes and cookies.

Potassium rich food:

If the child eats lots of comfort-food, then consuming Potassium rich foods (banana, spinach, cucumber, peas, and sweet potato) will save Calcium from being robbed from the bones.

Almonds:

Amongst all the nuts, almonds are the highest in calcium. One ounce of almonds or about 22 almonds, provides 8% of the recommended daily intake of calcium. (Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Chocolate and Savoury spread made of Almond and 6 other nuts and seeds)

Seeds:

Many seeds are good sources of calcium. For instance, 1 tablespoon (9 grams) of poppy seeds has 13% of the recommended daily intake, while the same serving of sesame seeds packs 9% of the recommended daily intake. In addition to calcium, chia seeds are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids.

Vegetables:

Cabbage, mustard (sarson leaves), broccoli & ladyfinger are a good source of calcium.

Lotus seeds/ Makhana:

Makhana or lotus seeds are grown in Asian countries and considered as a power foods to increase height. Makhana is an excellent source of many important nutrients. It is loaded with protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and carbohydrates. Just a bowl of makhana is a great snack for kids. (Recipe to make Makhana ice cream)

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Understanding the role of Prebiotics in foods for Health

Prebiotics in foods are a type of dietary fiber that humans cannot digest but the gut bacteria can. Prebiotic is a source of food for your gut’s friendly bacteria. It is a food which does not get fully digested in the body and reaches the large intestine (commonly known as GUT). The good bacteria in the large intestine eat this food and flourishes. Good bacteria multiply and win over the bad bacteria (disease causing). This allows your gut bacteria to produce nutrients for your colon cells, which helps in healthy digestion.

Some of these nutrients include short-chain fatty acids like butyrate, acetate and propionate that are released into blood circulation, consequently affecting not only the gastrointestinal tract but also other distant organs. Prebiotics should not be confused with probiotics. Each have their separate role in the battle for better gut health, where probiotics are the friendly bacteria, prebiotics in foods are food for these bacteria. (What are some foods for healthy gut?)

Health benefits of prebiotics in foods
  • Consumption of prebiotics increases the useful gut flora, which synthesize the B complex vitamins.
  • Positive effect on calcium and other mineral absorption, by increasing their solubility.
  • Prebiotic may help reduce inflammation, especially in your intestines, and thereby strengthen the immune system.
  • Prebiotics in foods reduces constipation by maintaining the regularity of bowel movement.
  • It also may help with allergy prevention and symptoms of eczema.
  • Helps in maintaining healthy hormone levels. Prebiotics help your body absorb essential nutrients that help in building hormones.
  • Prebiotic are fiber and eating lots of fibrous food keeps you full for a long time, thus prebiotics in foods are great for weight loss.
Food sources of prebiotics:
Moong Daal (Mung Bean):

It is an outstanding prebiotic. It has been used in Ayurveda for over 1000 years to make medicine for digestion. Other than being a food for the bacteria in the Gut, it is the most powerful antioxidant amongst all lentils, and is also loaded with many micro-nutrients. Mung bean is also extremely high in Protein, which digests slowly and keeps the kids energetic and Fit.

Due to these powerful results, billion dollar companies in the west are moving to Moong Daal (Mung bean) to prepare plant-based non-veg. protein which is more nutritious than original. (What are other easy protein sources for kids?) Soaked Mung beans can be cooked for a longer while with extra water into a soup or blended into a paste of Dal for small kids. It’s so rich in good bacteria and fiber that it helps in easy digestion and manages gas, colic, and bloating in kids. Without removing the cover of the mung bean, it can be prepared as Khichdi (porridge), Wrap, Cheela (pancake), Dosa or a paste to add in bread dough for all age-groups. (Easy mung bean recipe)

Garlic:

Garlic is a prebiotic that is naturally high in inulin, a type of non- digestible carbohydrate that feeds the good bacteria in your gut and restrict disease causing bacteria from growing at the same time. Pickled garlic is best for kids’ gut health. (Easy to feed Omega-3 for kids brain development)

Onion:

It has prebiotic effects which strengthen gut flora, that help with fat breakdown and boost your immune system and improve digestion. Onion is also rich in antioxidants called flavonoids quercetin which help fight free radicals. Onion is also rich in vitamin C, B vitamins like folate (B9), pyridoxine (B6) and potassium, which aids in metabolism, red blood cell production and nerve function. (Home remedy to cure cough using onion?)

Banana:

Apart from being rich in nutrients like potassium, magnesium, calcium and Vitamin B9, it also has prebiotic effects and a small amount of inulin. Banana is high in fiber and prebiotics, both of which support smooth digestion.(7 super nutritious foods for weight gain)

Barley:

Barely is one of the most popular cereal grains. It contains beta-glucan which is a prebiotic fiber that promotes the growth of good bacteria in your digestive tract. Barley is also rich in selenium, this helps with thyroid function. It has antioxidant properties as well which boost the immune system of the body. (Easy pizza recipe using millets)

Sprouted grains:

The concentration of fiber increases in sprouted grains. Fiber is one of the most important components for maintaining gut health. Fiber nourishes the good bacteria in the gut and promotes elimination and detoxification of the colon. (What is the need to sprout grains?)

Apple:

Apple has outstanding health benefits as it is rich in fiber, vitamin c, antioxidants and potassium. It has pectin, a type of soluble fiber, which has prebiotic effects and promotes healthy gut microbiota. Pectin increases butyrate, a short chain fatty acid that feeds beneficial gut bacteria and decreases the population of harmful bacteria.(Benefits of apple and banana for kids)

Cocoa:

Cocoa contains prebiotic fibers that activate good bacteria. Researchers found that cocoa can promote friendly bacteria and helps to reduce inflammation in the gut. Cocoa contains zinc, iron, copper, and vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B12 and vitamin K which also relaxes arteries and increases blood circulation. (Healthy and tasty Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition spread Chocolate spread for brain development, immunity, growth and strong bones)

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Weaning for babies from Breastfeeding: How to do it?

If you are a breast-feeding mother, you might have various questions about weaning for babies. How to wean off a baby?When is the right time? Will weaning upset my baby? How can I avoid engorgement? Learn the facts about weaning and how you can make this a smoother & positive transition for you and your baby.

What is weaning?

Weaning is the process by which babies who are fully feeding on milk are slowly introduced to solid foods. It starts with the first solid meal & ends with the last feed of breast milk or formula milk. Introducing solids at the right time and in the right manner is very important to develop healthy eating habits in the babies.

What is the right time to start weaning for babies?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding exclusively until your baby is 6 months old, then serving a combination of solids and breast milk until he/she is 1 year old. Six months is often recommended because babies, at this age, begin to need extra nutrients which are not found in milk, such as iron and zinc. Small amounts of solid food can provide these nutrients. Remember that weaning is ultimately a personal decision and should be based on what is best for your family. For instance, if you are returning to work and need the flexibility of bottle-feeding earlier than 6 months, then you might have to introduce bottle feeding to your baby earlier. Most mothers choose to wean their baby off the breast when she/ he is 4-7 months old. (Home remedy for kids cough?)

Signs that your baby is ready for solids:
  • Sits up well
  • Good control over the head
  • Able to hold food in mouth
  • Willing to chew food
  • Able to pick up food & put in the mouth
  • Looks curious & interested at mealtimes

If you think your baby is showing these signs but is not six months old yet, please consult a paediatrician before starting the solids. (Foods and tips to manage colic in kids?)

How to wean off Baby?

There are two approaches to weaning from breastfeeding namely Traditional approach and Baby Led Weaning approach. In Traditional weaning for babies approach, you feed your baby and gradually introduce solid foods. You will begin with smooth purees before moving to mashed and chopped foods, then finger foods and finally small bites. Advantages of this approach are that it is easier on the baby as chances of choking or gagging are smaller, identifying food allergies becomes easier as only one food is introduced at a time and it gets less messier since you are feeding the baby. Disadvantages of this approach are that you have to prepare separate meals for the baby and if you don’t change from one texture to another at the right time, the baby might get used to one specific texture like purees.

In the Baby led weaning approach, babies are encouraged to self-feed from the start. You can introduce solid foods as finger foods and allow your child to explore solids at their own pace. This approach encourages independent eating and reduces the need of cooking separately for the baby. Disadvantages include the risk of choking & gagging, difficulty to identify food allergies as many foods are introduced at once and might create a lot of mess on your baby’s high chair while he/she is trying to feed herself.  (How to increase breastmilk?)

How to introduce weaning from breastfeeding at different ages?

0-6 months: Generally, weaning under 6 months old means weaning from breastfeeding to bottle feeding. For every nursing session you drop, you will substitute a bottle feeding. Though it sounds so easy and simple, convincing your baby to accept that bottle may not be so easy, especially if they are more than 3 months old and are used to breastfeeding till now. Infants become quite aware between 3 to 4 months of age and it is not easy to trick them with the change.

So, you may encounter more resistance at this point. Lactation consultants recommend introducing a few bottles of breast milk into your feeding schedule early on, at about 6 weeks, so that your baby will be comfortable with both ways of feeding. But if your thirsty baby refuses to take the bottle anyway, the key to success is patience and experimentation. Try having someone else offer the bottle, feeding in a different location, or holding your baby in a new position. And, above all, keep calm and do not stress. (Home remedy for kids cold and flu?)

Tips for weaning from breastfeeding under 6 months of age

Avoid Engorgement: In the first few months, your breasts will be very full. If you are not careful, you can end up with engorgement which means that your breasts will be uncomfortably hard and heavy, maybe even red and hot to the touch. This can lead to plugged ducts, which can lead to mastitis (swelling of breast), so it’s important to treat symptoms early. If you do end up with uncomfortably full breasts, ice them for about five minutes whenever they feel painful. You can also pump for relief, but be sure to limit it to three minutes or so, just enough to feel some comfort. (Is diarrhea a symptom of teething?)

Go slow: When it comes to helping your little one with bottle feeding, the rule of thumb is to go slowly. This will protect your breasts from engorgement and also ease your baby’s anxiety. When introducing your child to a bottle, choose a time when he or she isn’t extremely hungry and might have more patience. Use a bottle nipple with a slow flow at first. If you use a bottle nipple with a fast flow, your child might become accustomed to that and get frustrated with the pacing and different flow rate of milk during breast-feeding. Try to drop only one feeding every three or four days so that it takes about two weeks for the entire process. Drop the least preferred feedings first, which likely means the morning and bedtime feedings will be the last to go. (Facts and tips to manage teething in kids?)

Tips for weaning for babies from breastfeeding after 6 months:
6-12 months:

Between 8 to 10 months of age, babies often start losing interest in nursing. It is the time when they are taking in a lot of sensory information and this often leads to babies constantly pulling off the breast to look around. So, this is the best window of time if you are thinking of weaning from breastfeeding. However, if you notice that your baby is really clingy, wait to wean until he/she has weathered this anxiety a little bit. In case the baby is facing teething issues or any other significant changes like learning to walk, starting day-care or moving homes, then it is advisable to postpone the weaning process until things settle down a bit. (Baby foods to be given at 6 months?)

Skip the bottle:

If your baby is already 9 months old, it is best to wean straight to a sippy cup and solid food instead of first giving him/ her bottle and letting the child go from one more transition of bottle to sippy cup. It is a good idea to introduce your child to the cup about one month before you start the weaning process, so they have time to get comfortable holding and drinking from it. (Growth and development for kids after 6 months?)

Give extra attention:

Weaning also affects moms and babies emotionally as both miss the intimacy that goes with breastfeeding when nursing ends, so be sure to give your little one lots of extra attention during the weaning process. Substitute nursing with something that feels emotionally equivalent, like snuggling together to read or even horseplay on the floor. Also take your partner’s help. Having Daddy put the baby to sleep and wake them up in the morning can give emotional comfort to the baby during these times. (Foods that help to relax and reduce stress?)

Use distractions:

For older babies and toddlers, distraction is the key. When your kid starts craving for the breast, lure them into a block-building bonanza, an engrossing game of make-believe, or any of his/her favourite activity. (Foods after kids turn 9 months old?)

Nutrition for babies:

Babies need the extra calories, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals offered by a variety of foods, including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. For a baby’s first solid food, most parents start with 1 teaspoon of single-grain, iron-fortified baby cereal (such as rice cereal) mixed with 4-5 teaspoons of breast milk. Once the baby gets the hang of cereal, you can introduce pureed veggies, fruits, and meats. The AAP recommends trying one new food at a time and waiting at least 2-3 days before starting another to monitor any allergic reactions. Once the baby reaches 9-12 months of age, your baby might enjoy small portions of finely chopped or mashed finger foods such as dry cereal or mashed graham crackers. (What are the nutrition tips for a toddler?)

How long does weaning take?

Weaning could take days, weeks or months. Even after you successfully wean your child from day feedings, you might continue to breast-feed in the morning and before your child’s bedtime to keep up that feeling of closeness. Breast-feeding is an intimate experience. You might have mixed emotions about letting go. But by taking a gradual approach to weaning and offering lots of affection, you can help your child make a smooth transition to a bottle/cup and solids. (Home remedies for allergies in kids?)

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For Pink: Puree beetroot with least or no water. Add 1 cup flour or as little required to make dough. For Green: Take moringa powder. Add flour as little required to make dough.
To each flour, divide rest of the ingredients and add- spread, yeast, husk, seeds, salt. Make firm doughs. Take small balls of dough, roll thin and make paratha/ tortillas.

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  • 4 tbsp Moringa powder (for green)
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  • 2 cups whole wheat flour or jowar (sorghum flour)
  • 3 tbsp Psyllium husk
  • Salt
  • Carrom seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp Nutritional yeast (optional)

If you don’t have moringa powder, take any leaf- spinach or kale, steam it lightly without water and puree well. Don’t add extra water. Add flour to this puree to make green dough, along with other ingredients.

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