Have you wondered if it’s alright to give ice cream to your baby? You may have felt the need to ask this question, especially when you’ve eaten one yourself and then felt that bit of twinge of guilt about your baby.
The fact is that it’s not the best thing to feed your baby, because ice cream is really mostly fat and sugar, especially the commercially produced ones. Apart from that, ice cream tends to have additives and coloring agents which are not ideal for a baby. So, while it’s not banned and probably alright to give once in a while as a treat, the point is that there is no real up side to giving it to your baby. Except, of course, to see that happy, contented look, which is what every parent loves to see on a baby.
So, if you can hold it till after a year, then that’s the best. But, if you can’t and your baby starts to demand it before then, give it as a once-in-a-while treat, as something special.
Can I Give My Baby ice Cream? Answer: Not Recommended.
Give other, healthier options. Try to make them at home. What’s better than ice cream is frozen yogurt. It’s much healthier for your baby, or for that matter, you too. You can even make it at home. This way you can control the sugar content. The commercial ones tend to be very sweet. Too much sugar for your baby, especially the refined, processed kind is best avoided.
You could also whip up nice fruit smoothies, made of fresh – not canned – seasonal fruit. This way you’ll be avoiding any preservatives. While it’s easier to open a can and pour chopped pieces of fruit into a blender, nutritionally that’s not a great idea. There is really nothing better than eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
Also, there is a theory about food habits forming early in life – it says that what children eat in the first two years of their lives pretty much forms their tastes for their adult life. So, if they get used to a lot of junk, high sugar, fat and salt kind of food, then they will tend to eat these later in life as well, leading to a not-so-healthy lifestyle.
However, whether you believe in this theory or not, the fact of the matter is that ice cream is not unhealthy for your baby as long as it’s given in moderation, and as an occasional treat.
You must remember that the digestive system in babies is not fully developed before they are a year old. Dairy can be a bit hard to digest and can even cause a reaction. When you do decide to give your baby ice cream, try a little bit first and then check for any allergic reactions. Also, check if the ice cream has any egg or nuts, both of which can cause severe allergies in babies.
What If My Baby Eats a Lot of Ice Cream?
If, by any chance, your baby has eaten too much ice cream, you must observe your them. Excessive consumption of dairy and sugar can lead to diarrhea in babies. If there is a lot of vomiting and diarrhea, you must consult a doctor immediately. Babies can get dehydrated very quickly, even if they look alright to you, they may need medical intervention. Consult your pediatrician right away.
The other thing you need to know about ice cream is that though most of it is made from
Pasteurized milk, some of them may not. Also, some pediatricians advise not to serve ice cream to babies from dispensing machines – which are usually the soft serve ones. The reason for this is that if those machines are not cleaned really, really well, then they could be a hotbed of bacteria, especially Listeria. So, it’s best to avoid these ones for your babies.
To conclude, whether you want to give your baby ice cream depends on your parenting style. If you are the, oh-what’s-wrong-with-a-bit-of-indulging sort, then you’ll give it to your baby. But, if you are the, why-start-junk-so-early-in-life kind, you’ll avoid it.
However, no matter what you do, there is one thing you should remember. If you are going to discipline your baby or child, then you have to be disciplined too. You can’t lick away at a cone and preach the merits of healthy food to your kids. They’ll do what they see you do, sooner or later.
So, if you don’t want to feed your baby ice cream, don’t eat it yourself. At least not in front of your kid.