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Nutrition for extra special babies

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Topic: Infant Health Care

This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about nutrition. Please feel free to ask your child’s doctor or nurse if you have any questions.
If your baby is growing slowly or is only taking small amounts of food, you may need some ideas for giving “extra nutrition”. The ideas suggested below are for babies who are eating cereal, fruits, vegetables and meats. Keep in mind, these are just suggestions. Not every baby will tolerate every type of food listed. Find the foods that work best for your baby and watch your baby grow.

When introducing new foods add them slowly and one at a time. If your child develops an allergy to an additive, it may be more easily detected and eliminated from your child’s diet. This permits you to make an alternative choice to increase nutrition.

  • Vanilla yogurt can be mixed with your baby’s favorite strained fruit.
  • Instead of plain strained fruits, try strained fruit desserts or fruit puddings.
  • If your baby likes cereal and can tolerate thicker textures, add dry cereal to strained fruits and vegetables.
  • Try vegetable-meat dinners instead of plain vegetables.
  • Strained dinners or strained vegetables can be more nutritious by adding strained meats such as beef, chicken, veal or turkey.
  • Try adding 1-2 teaspoons of your baby’s powdered formula to strained foods such as cereals, dinners, vanilla yogurt and vegetables. Not more than 10-12 teaspoons per day.
  • Prepare dry cereal with your baby’s formula and mix to desired consistency. Use an extra teaspoon of powdered formula and a teaspoon of melted margarine for added nutrition. Read labels and compare nutrition information. You may be surprised.


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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 1992, 1995, 2000, 2002

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1992, 1995, 2000, 2002


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