"My 5-month-old is regurgitating a lot, should we start dietary diversification?" Professor Patrick Tounian answers Chloe's question.
The answer of Pr Patrick Tounian, head of the nutrition and gastroenterology department at Trousseau Hospital (Paris) *
- The regurgitation more or less important milk (they can go sometimes to vomiting) concern 50% of children between 3 and 4 months. This almost physiological phenomenon, which is very common in the first half of life, naturally disappears between 6 months and 1 year.
- Because it thickens the diet, dietary diversification can reduce regurgitation. But be careful, this is not his main function. It makes it possible to prepare the child's food tolerance by progressively introducing foods with allergenic potential. A kind of natural desensitization to limit the risk of allergies.
- Diversification should begin between 4 and 6 months, not before. If it reduces the regurgitation, that's good, but it should not be an argument to replace the milk diet with mashed potatoes! For up to 1 year, milk remains the major food is at least 500ml per day (at least 2-3 bottles).
- You can start the diversification by introducing 2 or 3 tablespoons of vegetables in a bottle. From 6 months, it will be possible to replace the bottle of lunch with a solid meal: puree-meat-dessert, provided to maintain 3 bottles of milk during the day.
* Author of Answers to all the questions you have about your child's diet (Odile Jacob, 2014)
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