Why is it not recommended to give bananas before 6 months of age?

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Why is it not recommended to give bananas before 6 months of age?
Why is it not recommended to give bananas before 6 months of age?

Not a few parents believe that a baby crying constantly is a sign that he is starving. As a result, babies are given food, such as bananas, even though they are not even 6 months old. In fact, it's not safe, you know! What are the dangers, anyway?

Bananas do contain nutrients needed by the body, including carbohydrates, fiber, potassium, vitamins B6 and C, and antioxidants. However, giving bananas as complementary food to breast milk (MPASI) in infants under 6 months of age is not recommended, even though this fruit has a soft texture and is easy to chew.

Why is it not recommended to give bananas before 6 months of age? - Alodokter

This is the Right Time to Give Complementary Foods, Especially Bananas, to Babies

From birth to 6 months of age, babies can only be given breast milk or formula, without other additional food and drinks. When a baby enters the age of 6 months, his nutritional needs increase so that breast milk or formula alone is not sufficient.

Well, it's at this age that babies usually just need additional nutrition and are ready to be given complementary foods, one of which is bananas. Generally, babies who are ready to eat solid food or solid food will have signs, such as:

  • Can grab food and put it in his mouth, and has good eye, mouth and hand coordination
  • Can swallow well
  • Can sit alone without assistance or minimal assistance
  • Has good head control
  • Interested in the food that is being consumed by Mother and other people

The Dangers of Giving MPASI Too Early, Including Bananas

In infants under 6 months of age, the previously described signs of readiness to eat have not appeared. Therefore, giving solid food at this age is still too early and is not recommended because it can have a dangerous impact on his he alth and even threaten his life.

Here are some dangers that you need to know if you give complementary foods to babies too early:

1. Choking

Even though it's been softened into porridge, bananas and other foods, it's still solid food whose texture can't resemble breast milk or formula, Bun.

In general, babies under 6 months do not yet have the ability to swallow and chew well, so giving complementary foods at this age can actually harm them.

Any soft solid food is at risk of choking the baby and clogging his respiratory tract. If you don't get help right away, the baby can have difficulty breathing and threaten his life.

That's why in Indonesia there are many cases of giving bananas to babies under 6 months that end in death.

2. Indigestion

Babies under 6 months old also don't have an optimal digestive tract, so giving complementary foods, especially those rich in fiber such as bananas, can cause digestive disorders, such as intussusception and blockage. In addition, giving solid food at this age can also cause diarrhea.

3. Excess or lack of nutrients and calories

For babies under the age of 6 months, breast milk already has the best composition as baby food. Although it seems more filling for the stomach, solid food can't actually provide proper nutrition for babies.

Giving solid food at this age can actually make the baby experience a lack or excess of calories and nutrients. For example, if you give bananas to your little one at the wrong time, he will be at risk of being overweight or obese, because this fruit contains quite a lot of sugar.

4. Iron deficiency

The introduction of complementary foods that are too early tends to make breastfeeding and formula milk, which are rich in iron and many other nutrients, not optimal. This can cause the baby to be iron deficient.

In fact, iron has an important role in the formation of hemoglobin, which is a component of red blood cells that functions to transport oxygen throughout the body.

Without enough iron, the body cannot form hemoglobin optimally. As a result, the tissues and organs of the body can experience a lack of oxygen and their growth and development will be disrupted.

Babies who cry constantly are not necessarily hungry.He may cry because he feels uncomfortable, tired, bored, sleepy, scared, sick, or his diaper is full. So, Mother doesn't need to immediately give her milk every time the Little One cries, let alone bananas or other foods.

Remember, yes, Mother, giving solid foods such as bananas to calm babies under 6 months is not recommended because usually babies are not ready to accept them.

Signs that a baby is ready to eat solid food can indeed appear before the age of 6 months. Even so, Mother is still recommended to consult a doctor first if you want to give your little one food or bananas before he is 6 months old.

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