March 22, 2009,
C.B. asks from Durham, NC on March 10, 2009
YoBaby Yogurt at What Age?
How old were your babies when you were able to give them yogurt? I gave my 7-month-old 2 spoonfulls yesterday and no adverse reaction so far. If there was an adverse reaction, what would it be?
Thanks for your help.
So What Happened?™
Thanks to everyone who responded. Well I gave him 2 spoonfuls and so far no problem. I will give him more tomorrow and continue to hope he has no reaction to it.
T.S. answers from Sacramento on March 11, 2009
My son is just a bit older. He was on antibiotic and the doc said to give him activia, so I don't see a problem. I think you are wise when intoducing new foods to keep an eye on them for adverse reactions. But all should be well. Good luck
A.K. answers from San Francisco on March 10, 2009
Reactions to fruit, dairy and most other food usually start with a rash on the face or body. I can’t remember exactly when I started my daughter on yogurt (8 months maybe) but it is still one of her favorites. We only used the yo baby brand a couple of times when we were on road trips. I found that it was a lot cheaper to buy a big container of whole milk plain yogurt and mix in my own flavors. Her favorite to this day is yogurt with applesauce and a little nutmeg.
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J.W. answers from San Francisco on March 10, 2009
I can only agree with Allison - yogurt can be a great thing for infants and toddlers. My son sometimes eats ONLY yogurt and nothing else - therefore it puts me at ease.
One thing about yogurt & cheese:
Lactose is broken down with the culturing of the yogurt or cheese and milk proteins are either semi-removed or limited. The culturing makes yogurt and cheese easier to digest. Many people with lactose intolerance often are able to eat cheese and/or yogurt without trouble. The same is often true for some people with a milk protein (either to the casein or the whey) allergy.
I agree with Allison: any kind of rash can point to food allergies. Especially around the mouth and the anus (for fruits). My ped told me to single out food if I think my son reacts to a food item. I started my son late w/ 1 year but I know other moms had great success starting between 6 and 8 months.
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K.B. answers from San Francisco on March 10, 2009
Check the sugar content of some of those sweetened yogurts. Some of them really pack a ton of sugar into a very small container.
W.H. answers from Phoenix on March 11, 2009
I think now's fine.
Just please dont overdo it with any one food/food group. Make sure they get a variety of foods. I strongly suspect there is a correlation with all of a sudden starting to have daily milk or peanut butter when they've turned one/it has been ascertained that there is no allergy. Overdoing it can CAUSE an allergy/intolerance.
So, yogurt a few times a week, cheese on the other days, cheerios, fruits, etc etc. Variety and moderation in all things!
D.T. answers from San Francisco on March 11, 2009
the rule of thumb is give one food for 4 days and if no reaction (rash on bum, mouth or diarrhea) then no allergy. I would look at other yogurt brands though. YoBaby has a ton of sugar! Kids don't need that sweet. They will like something only sweetened a little. We buy plain organic yogurt and mix in a spoonful of jam or a little honey. It won't be as sweet as your liking, but they don't know any differently :-)
K.J. answers from San Francisco on March 11, 2009
I just chatted with our doctor about this on monday. I've been giving my 9mon old yogurt, cottage cheese and cream cheese for about 2-3 weeks. She loves it! Our doc reaffirmed what I had read online; which is that these types of dairy items are okay (if they've already started with other solid foods first) As a rule if it's the first time I give Addi anything I make sure that it's the only new thing she eats that day. Try a little yogurt in the rice cereal, it's one of our fav's! Have fun! Meal time is one of my fav parts of the day. :)
E.B. answers from San Francisco on March 11, 2009
I'd like to suggest that you give your baby plain yogurt. Flavored yogurt has a lot of sugar in it. I gave my children plain, unflavored yogurt for several years. They were used to the taste and seemed to like the sourness as babies.
S.H. answers from San Francisco on March 11, 2009
We started around 6-7 months on all three babies - they were fine and really enjoyed the yogurt.