Parents often postpone the time for babies to start chewing, mainly for fear of choking. Other times it is for convenience, since crushed foods are much easier and cleaner, in addition to that we are the ones who feed the baby. However, it is a learning that babies have to do in due time, we tell you why we don't have topostpone the time the baby starts chewing
1. Risks to teeth: When we feed a baby based on purees, the puree contains very large amounts of fruits and / or vegetables with meat or fish, while if the child eats alone, the amount they consume is usually small, and this alarms us. However, we must open our eyes to an alarming problem that is emerging strongly in today's society: teeth and gums do not develop as they should.
Although it seems unimportant, nothing could be further from the truth. The milk teeth are not permanent, that is true, but it is their formation and their correct use, as well as the correct use of the jaw and the muscles that are in that area that determine what the permanent teeth will be like. And permanent means for life.
From 6 months, babies, whether they have teeth or not, are ready to learn the movement of chewing. As omnivores, chewing is tremendously important, biting with the incisors to cut the bite, tearing with the fangs and crushing with the molars is the only way to ensure a correct development of both the teeth and the mandibular muscles.
2. Risk of choking: When a child gets older and does not chew it can also be a double-edged sword, since, at the beginning, we avoid the choking problems that scare us when they are babies, but as they grow up without knowing how to chew They also do not learn to handle food in their mouth, and the risk of choking is seriously increased. Managing the food, creating the food bolus, chewing it, and deciding when it is ready to swallow, is a process that is learned with practice, and that, if postponed, can create inappropriate chewing habits that are precisely those that are related with choking.
- If your little one does not know how to chew because he has always eaten crushed, offer you these increasingly grainy shreds until you feel ready to offer other meals.
- Start by offering food that you consider easy to swallow, but they need some chewing.
- Teach him to chew with your example and using your words when you are all seated at the table and, when you feel comfortable, continue to offer the same thing that you eat or something very similar if you do not feel completely safe.
Remember that, if you postpone this moment too long, you are not doing your child any favors but quite the opposite and, if choking scares you, keep in mind that small babies are tremendously efficient with handling food in their mouth, much more than when they get older.
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