Once your baby starts on solids, there is a whole new world out there! If you want your child to appreciate food in all its diversity, let her have a taste early. How early? Well, that depends on the food!
Corn is nutritious and tasty. Babies in general tend to enjoy the taste of corn. In some cultures, corn is used as a starter food. So, when should you introduce corn for baby food?
Earlier, experts recommended staying off corn till a baby turned one. But now parents are encouraged to introduce it as early as six months. But the perfect time to include corn in your baby’s menu is between eight months and a year.
Is Corn Good For Babies?
Many parents are worried about food allergies and for a good reason. Food allergies are on the rise among children today. The reason for that is still unknown. The majority of allergy reactions are due to eight foods – milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish (1). As you can see, corn does not feature in the top e
But if you have a family history of food allergy, you better delay introducing your baby to corn at a later date.
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Symptoms Of Corn Allergy In Babies:
Most allergies have similar symptoms. But remember – there is a difference between corn intolerance and corn allergy (2). If your baby is gassy and a little bloated after eating corn, relax. It is more likely to be corn intolerance. If your baby, on the other hand, shows the following symptoms, you can chalk it out to a corn allergy (3):
- Skin rash
- Nausea, indigestion, vomiting or diarrhea
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Difficulty breathing
If your baby reacts with any of the above-mentioned symptoms, stop feeding her corn and see your doctor.
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Corn Allergy Fallout:
The problem with a corn allergy is that corn is present everywhere! So, if your baby does end up with a corn allergy, you’ll have to be super careful about what she eats as she grows up. Some of the things she may need to avoid include:
- Corn oil
- Baking powder
- Vanilla extract
- Corn syrup
- Confectioners’ sugar
This list is by no means exhaustive. There are so many food products that contain corn that listing it all out here is a near impossible task. So, don’t forget to read the label before you buy something for your baby.
Best Corn Recipes For Babies:
If you have successfully introduced corn and your baby has not broken out into hives, you are ready for some more ‘cornelicious’ dishes! Here are a few easy to make baby food recipes using corn. You can also try sweet corn for baby food to give it a tasty twist. Try them and let your baby enjoy the goodness of corn.
1. Corn Puree:
- One cob of sweet corn
- A teaspoon of water, breast milk or formula
How To Make:
- Get the kernels off the cob. The best way to do it is by running a knife across the kernels.
- Put the kernels into boiling water. Let it boil until the kernels become soft.
- Now make a puree by blending the kernels along with a little water. Add more water if you want a more runny consistency.
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