From the sixth month onwards, babies are fed with solid and rough foods. However, this new period is painful for some babies. Babies do not like the taste of food when the mouth closes and does not eat. International Hospital Child Health and Diseases Specialist View Deniz's Full Profile stating that the babies suffer from the stress and happiness of the mother like a sponge; mother stubborn about eating with the baby, if you do not eat at one meal will close the deficit in the other meal, he says.
: When can babies get into solid food?
Dr. Deniz Tamtekin: The development of the digestive system in infants continues until it reaches twice the birth weight. This corresponds to an average of 5-6 months. From the sixth month onwards, babies are fed with solid and rough foods.
: The need for iron is important in feeding the baby. Is it necessary to make additional iron supplements for this purpose?
Dr. Deniz Tamtekin: The Ministry of Health wants babies to be given iron supplements for protective purposes as of the fourth month. Because in the first six months, only breastfeeding children, at the end of the sixth month of iron and zinc stored at birth, such as the depot of elements begins to decrease. Therefore, an external iron supplement is required. Iron is given in the form of drops or syrup. If the baby does not like the taste and vomit, it is useful to try another iron preparation sold on the market.
: Do you have any suggestions to increase iron absorption?
Dr. Deniz Tamtekin: Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron. Feeding iron to babies with freshly squeezed orange juice makes it easier to drink and increases iron absorption.
: Mothers have a hard time switching to solid foods. What are your suggestions?
Dr. Deniz Tamtekin: This new era is painful for some babies. Babies do not like the taste of food when the mouth closes and does not eat. Insistent mothers react to food in their babies. Mothers need to be patient with this. If the baby refuses to eat, there is no benefit from any illness. Because at the end of this stubbornness, babies win. If it does not eat due to any disease, treatment is done about it.
: Which diseases affect the baby?
Dr. Deniz Tamtekin: Diabetes seen in the mother affects the babies. The baby of a diabetic mother is usually a large baby and hypoglycemia occurs more often. These babies need to be breastfed immediately and often after birth. Presence of hypoglycemia in the baby can also lead to transfer. Babies may also be referred for calcium deficiency, low sugar, high fever, lack of oxygen at birth or other diseases.
Mothers with more or less thyroid glands should use thyroid medications while breastfeeding. Thyroid medicines do not harm babies. Some of the babies' thyroid gland works little by birth. In this disease called hypothyroidism, the baby has thick voice, dry and sparse hair, constipation problem and big tongue. His tongue doesn't fit. These babies whose complaints have improved as a result of the tests and treatment started as soon as possible can continue their development according to their age if they use their medication regularly under the control of a doctor.