Saying “Hello” to Gluten – A Mommys’ Guide

“When should I introduce gluten to my baby’s diet?” This is probably one of the common questions that mothers ask during the first few months. Gluten is actually a protein that is present in lots of products. If you want to learn more about it, be sure to read this article! There’s been plenty of controversy when it comes to gluten lately. The most original information is that it should be implemented in babies’ diet after their 8th month.

And, of course, this should happen only after the child has already tried gluten-free foods like rice, corn and buckwheat. So, here’s a little something that might guide you through the process of introducing gluten to your baby’s diet. Keep reading!

First of all, let’s clear the fact why you should be careful when doing this. There is a rare, autoimmune disease that’s popular as Coeliac disease. We’ve actually mentioned it before, but just for the record, it is a condition where your immune system attacks your own tissues when you eat gluten”. Not pleasant, huh!

Basically, because of this disease every mom should be quite cautious when giving gluten products to their kid(s). And, please, don’t think that this may be a good excuse for you to not introduce gluten at all! Specialists claim that this can even be more dangerous, so be aware. The truth is gluten is able to provide a human body with various vitamins from the B group, iron as well as fibers. Some professionals claim that if you combine gluten introduction with nursing, this may reduce the risks of developing gluten intolerance!

So, you need to add each grain quite gradually. Let’s say - a sort each week. For example, this week you start by giving some oats every day. Next week you switch to rye for 7 days. Then you go for barley and then wheat in the end. Why in this order? Well, it’s simple. Oats are thought to contain the lowest amount of gluten, while wheat has the highest percentage.

Just like with any other new product, saying “Hello” to gluten should be slow for your baby. And by slow we mean that you need to start with minimum quantity and gradually start adding more and more to the meal. After you have introduced most of the not-gluten-free products, you may start implementing them into the baby’s porridge. This way you can now combine a few sorts of grains. But this should happen with time, of course!

Last but not least, introducing gluten to a baby’s diet should be under your control as a mother. This is why most specialists suggest that a mommy should always keep a diary so she knows all about the process! Don’t forget to check our Baby cereal with wheat flour, milk and biscuits that will make your child long for more!


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