Should You Give Chocolate To Babies?
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Should You Give Chocolate to Babies?

Chocolate really should not be given to children under two months as this may cause them to have an allergic reaction as their bodies may not recognize foods that they have not yet tried. An example of this would be that if you gave your baby chocolate and they are not use to eating chocolate or dairy this may cause an allergic reaction from the dairy or cocoa in the chocolate.

If you are thinking of feeding your baby chocolate you could possibly try white chocolate as it is made with butter milk or dark chocolate as it does not contain milk or allergens. There is no guarantee that feeding your baby white or dark chocolate will not cause an allergic reaction. It is best to avoid giving chocolate to babies between the ages of six months and one year as they normally have outgrown allergies by one to two years.

A little piece of advice is that you could try giving your baby an extremely small piece of chocolate once a week for a few months and then after time you can increase the amount of chocolate you give your baby or you can give an extra small amount of chocolate on a different day. This may help as babies and toddlers can tolerate allergenic foods as long as it is given in very small amounts and not very much of it.

Chocolate has many different ingredients that can cause allergies, the most common allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat. The most common symptoms of an allergic reaction are swelling of the mouth and throat, difficulty in breathing, hives, rashes, vomiting, diarrhea and possibly loss of consciousness. If anybody has these symptoms or you are worried seek medical advice immediately. Its always better to be safe than sorry and babies and children are very precious in life so take care of them.

All food including chocolate that is sold in shops must have labels that state all ingredients and allergens that are included in the product. So this will help anybody who may have an allergy or could possibly be worried about allergies.

It is also wise to consider that milk and dark chocolate both contain caffeine which is a stimulant and is not good for babies or young children. Caffeine may make your baby sleep less and their stomach uncomfortable as there body has not fully developed. This may also cause obesity because of the high sugar content which can be harmful later in life and may also cause tooth decay.

I hope this article has been helpful if you are still unsure you can seek further medical advice from your GP as I am sure they will help you. I advice leaving chocolate out of your babies diet until they are at least one but it is your choice. This article is my opinion and based on facts but do whats best for your child.


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