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When should I start feeding my baby solid foods?
No earlier than 6 months. The baby should be able to sit in a high chair and open his or her mouth to be considered old enough for solids.
What foods should I abstain from feeding my child before he is one year old?
Absolutely no honey due to the risk of infant botulism. But other than that, you can probably try anything as long as your family doesn’t have a complex allergic history. But before feeding your baby regular food, it is important that you discuss introducing possible allergenic foods with your pediatrician.
What are some common signs of a food allergy?
Severe eczema that is not responsive to treatment is the most common sign. Other things to look for are swelling of lips, tongue, and difficulty breathing.
Should I give my child a daily multivitamin?
A multivitamin is not necessary for younger children, but breast fed babies need Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a critical role in your baby’s bone production and overall health. Ask your pediatrician if prescription Vitamin D is necessary for your baby.
What are some benefits to organic baby food?
I recommend buying organic baby foods because they contain fewer pesticides. Although there is no evidence that this makes a difference in the long term, it is suggested that there are greater health benefits associated with organics.
Dr. Lisa Thornton is a mom and a pediatrician who specializes in the care of children with disabilities. She is passionate about providing reliable health information for families and believes that childhood is the best time to develop good habits for the body and mind. Dr. Lisa has practiced medicine in a busy clinical setting for more than 15 years. She has lectured widely, and has provided health commentary for The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, CNN, and various other media outlets. Her friendly, engaging, straightforward style makes health information accessible whether she’s talking to a private patient or a network audience. Aside from raising her own children, Dr. Lisa’s next greatest passion is partnering with parents to help them guide their children to the best life possible.
Dr. Lisa is the founder and director of C.A.M.P. Schwab (Children with Adapted Mobility Play), whose mission is to encourage athletic participation among children with disabilities. She has lectured at academic institutions (Fisk University, Northwestern University, Tulane University, University of Chicago), corporations (Boeing, Kraft Foods, National Association for Black Journalists, Safeway, The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation),and for the Michigan Legislature. She has led audiences to a greater understanding of a variety of topics including childhood obesity, childhood disability, injury prevention, and overall health and wellness.
Dr. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital Northwestern University.