Lemon can be a new bitter sensation for your baby, but when is it safe for them?
When your child is able to start solid foods, usually between four and six months of age, he or she is eager to take in the new tastes and textures. As parents, we want to make sure our children are eating the foods that are the most healthy and beneficial to their growth and development.
While fruits and vegetables are an essential part of your baby’s diet, not all of them are particularly safe for your baby to enjoy at a young age. One of these fruits is lemons. While lemons are packed with vitamins and nutrients that are great for your baby’s growth and development, they are also packed with acids. Plus, their sour taste may not be enjoyable to your young baby.
The acids found in citrus foods are known as citric acids. These acids can be very hard on your baby’s digestive system, and may result in your child having a rash. If your baby is very sensitive to new foods, it is best to hold off introducing lemons into their diet until after his or her first birthday.
Can I Give My Baby Lemon? Answer: From 8-10 Months
If your child is not sensitive to new foods, and you think your baby would enjoy the sour taste of a lemon, you can give them a small piece of a lemon around eight to ten months of age. You should, however, limit it to a small piece to see if there is a reaction. While the acid in lemons may cause a rash around your child’s mouth, it may also cause a diaper rash, so be sure to check your baby thoroughly to see if he or she is experiencing any effects.
If you have given your child a lemon and have not noticed any negative side effects, you can continue giving small pieces of lemon to your child every so often. The vitamins and nutrients are great for your child, but the acidity is still there, and consuming too much citric acid could be hard on your baby’s digestive system. So basically, do not give your child a lemon every day.
Some children have a sensitivity to the acid in lemons, which can result in an allergic reaction. When you first introduce lemons to your little one, make sure to either serve it alone or with another food your child has already enjoyed. It is always best to wait three days in between feeding your child new foods. This way, if your child does have an allergic reaction, you will know which food caused it.
When your child starts solid foods, it is always best to serve them foods that have been mashed, pureed or cut up into very small pieces. While mashing or pureeing lemons is odd, you should make sure the lemon you feed to your child is cut up into very small pieces and is rid of any seeds. Even if your baby has mastered eating finger foods, and even though lemons are soft, pieces that are not cut small enough can easily get lodged in your child’s throat, causing your child to choke.
Remember, due to the citric acid found in lemons as well as the sour taste, you may want to hold off on introducing lemons to your child until after his or her first birthday, especially if your child is prone to having a sensitivity to new foods. The citric acid is hard for your child’s digestive system to process, and can result in a rash or stomach upset. If your child is not prone to food sensitivity, you can feed your child a small amount of a lemon around eight to ten months of age.
Be sure to only introduce them to a small amount at first and wait three days to see if signs of a sensitivity or allergy appears. If your child does not have any reactions, you can add small pieces of lemon to their diet every so often. Do not give them a lemon every day, as consuming a good amount of citric acid can still be hard on your child’s digestive system.
Remember, if you have any questions about introducing solids to your child, feeding your child lemons, or possible food sensitivity in your child, it is always best to consult with your child’s pediatrician. He or she will be able to further discuss your concerns and answer your questions in more thorough detail.