If you want to give your baby the taste of yogurt, wait until your baby starts eating solid food for 4 to 6 months! After all, yogurt contains calcium, protein, and multivitamin which makes it a good choice for babies in the early days of milk-feeding.
But with so many varieties available in the supermarket, from whole fat, raw milk, sugar free, pasteurized to sterilized yogurt with active bacteria, how to choose the right yogurt for your baby? The following will introduce you to everything you need to pay attention to before giving yogurt to your baby, and let your baby know about this delicious and healthy food!
Sugar-free Yogurt from Whole or Raw Milk
Almost all flavoured, or with fruit formulations, sugary and other yogurt products can cause problems with baby’s teeth decay and obesity, so it is best to choose pure yogurt without sugar added. In addition, children need calories and fats which are contained in whole milk on their daily diet, so do not give children before age 2 low fat or skim yogurt to avoid excessive bodily problems unless recommended by physicians.
How Live Bacteria Helps With Your Baby’s Health
Some yogurt contain live bacteria, commonly known as probiotics. This can ferment raw milk into yogurt or be added to the yogurt in the process and stimulate good bacteria in the intestine proliferation, which helps with digestion. Therefore, when choosing yogurt for your baby, the product should indicate whether the yogurt contains live bacteria, which means that it is not sterilized at high temperature, but even if the product label says “Made by Live Bacteria”, this does not mean this Yogurt contains live bacteria, which may only mean live bacteria in the manufacturing process. Parents are therefore asked to make their choices carefully.
What if Your Baby Is Lactose Intolerant?
If your baby is allergic to milk and shows signs of food allergies, such as Eczema, please do not give him yogurt for the time being. Common allergic reactions include skin itching, rash, erythema, swelling of the lips or around the eyes, which can appear within 2 hours of consumption of a food. If any of the above symptoms occur, please suspend all food before medical confirmation.
Lactose intolerance is rare for babies, even if children have lactose intolerance, they can still eat yogurt because the manufacturing process of yogurt destroys some of the elements of dairy, so yogurt is easier to digest and absorbed than other common dairy products.