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Oranges For Babies

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Oranges For Babies

Oranges For Babies

Mother’s milk is the most important for the baby and should be given for at least six months. After six months, the babies are started on solids along with the breast milk. When babies start solids, they explore new flavors as well as textures. Variation in the baby’s diet is important as they need to be given all types of food to observe if there are any allergic reactions to the baby. Those ways the parents can keep a check on the babies and be aware of the cures and remedies.
The more important question that is worrying for the parents is which foods to be given to the baby. The first thing that comes to the minds of parents is fruits as well as vegetables. Since there are too many fruits and vegetables in the market, it becomes a difficult choice. All fruits are no doubt nutritious, yet orange should make it to the list for sure because of its richness and benefits.
Going forward we will discuss how good are oranges for the baby, the time when they should be offered to the baby, its benefits, the way to give oranges to the baby and some tongue tickling recipes.

When Can Babies Have Oranges?

When the baby turns about a year old, they should be made to taste oranges as this fruit is acidic in nature and cannot be digested by the babies who are too young, can even result in diaper rash as well as boils or rashes near the lips as well as the mouth. At times, the baby can also have acid refluxes.
Though not all babies undergo the same symptoms, some of them do not show any reactions at all. It is thus a good idea to start with moderation to keep a check if one shows symptoms of nausea, wheezing, swelling, nausea, etc. The symptoms do not show suddenly, but after about two hours of its consumption so it is always wise to get a go-ahead from the doctor before starting any new food

Health Benefits Of Oranges For Babies

Oranges are one of the most thirst-quenching and nutritious snacks that be given to the baby. This is not only Vitamin C enriched but comprises of other nutrients as well as minerals and vitamins. Its nutritional fact chart is given below:
Source: //https://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/
After having a look at the nutritional information regarding oranges, we need to also know its health benefits as well. Some of them have been cited as under:

  • Oranges are mineral enriched food and help in keeping the digestive issues or indigestion in control.
  • Orange has good fiber content, so it prevents constipation.
  • Orange juice with water is an ideal remedy for curing diarrhea in babies.
  • Feeding oranges can prevent the baby from getting affected by rickets as it is enriched with calcium as well as phosphate, the lack of which results in brittle bones.
  • Oranges are high in Vitamin C and good as a remedy to cure cough and cold.
  • It prevents the baby against many infections.
  • It even helps to develop immunity.

How To Serve Oranges To Babies?

How To Serve Oranges To Babies

How To Serve Oranges To Babies

Orange is no doubt nutrient-loaded fruit, juicy, tender and very healthy. No matter how good the fruit is, but if not served in the right manner can take away all its nutrient value, so let us follow some pointers before offering oranges to the baby and they are as below:

  • Oranges should be served in the form of small slices.
  • Always peel, deseed and cut in small pieces.
  • It is very important to take off the membrane and then offer the baby.
  • Citrus fruits are often known to result in choking issues, so always give them small pieces which do not accidentally slip in their throat.
  • Never offer an orange with soft marks to the baby.
  • Always offer the sweeter oranges to develop the taste.
  • Giving canned juice or pulp is not a wise decision as that would have added sweeteners as well as preservatives.
  • It is always advisable to offer fresh juices made at home to the baby.
  • Never leave the juice for a few hours and then offer, fresh juices should be consumed instantly.

 Simple Orange Recipes For Babies

Oranges can be offered to the baby in umpteen ways. Apart from giving it all by itself, as a fruit or by taking fresh juice, it can even be mixed with other foods as avocados, blueberries, peaches, sweet potato, milk, cranberry, yogurt, etc. Some tongue-ticking recipes that can be made with oranges that the baby will surely relish are stated as under:

1. Orange Yogurt Pops

  • Puree 1 peeled and deseeded orange and add a cup of yogurt to it.
  • Transfer the concoction to ice trays and leave till they freeze

2. Orange Juicy Carrots

  • Add 1 cup water, ¼ cup orange juice and ½ pound peeled and diced carrots to a pan.
  • Put it on heat till they become soft.
  • Mash in case required
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon

3. Orange Banana Mash

  • Add 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan and wait till it is hot.
  • Now add 1 sliced banana and sauté it.
  • Finally, add 4 tbsp orange juice and 2 tbsp apple juice.
  • Keep stirring for a while.

4. Orange Dahl

  • Add ½ cup lentils and add 11/4 cups of water to the pan or skillet.
  • Cook, it covered for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Now add ¼ cup orange juice and stir.
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon as well.
  • Take it from the gas and cool.
  • Now blend well in a blender and serve.

5. Carrot Orange Puree Baby Food

  • Cook ½ cup peeled and chopped carrots till they become tender.
  • Now add 1 tbsp orange juice as well as cinnamon powder.
  • Now blend it well.

Thus, it is a wise idea to offer oranges to the baby after consulting the doctor. Orange can be relished as fruit, fruit juice, added to make purees, with carrots and many other exotic fruits as well as yogurt. The oranges can even be blended, anyway given to the child, it is always loved by the baby but as parents, we need to be cautious and keep a check on the side effects if any.

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