Sometimes, there is nothing better than a fresh piece of fruit, like oranges. 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. Of course, we would first think of fruits and vegetables.
While fruits and vegetables are an essential part of your baby’s diet, not all of them are particularly good for your baby to enjoy. One of these fruits is oranges. While oranges are packed with vitamins, especially vitamin C, fibers and nutrients that are great for your baby’s growth and development, they are also packed with acids.
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 oranges into their diet until after his or her first birthday.
Can I Give My Baby Oranges? Answer: After One Year
If your child is not sensitive to new foods, you can give your baby a small piece of an orange 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 oranges 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 an orange and have not noticed any negative side effects, you can continue giving small pieces of orange to your child every few days. 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 an orange every day.
Some children have a sensitivity to the acid in oranges, which can result in an allergic reaction. When you first introduce oranges 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.
Starting Solid Foods
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 oranges is odd, you should make sure the orange you feed to your child is cut up into very small pieces. Even if your baby has mastered eating finger foods, and even though oranges 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 oranges, you may want to hold off on introducing oranges 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 an orange around eight to ten months of age.
How to Introduce Them
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 orange to their diet every few days. Do not give them an orange 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 oranges, or possible food sensitivity in yoru 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.