American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says finger foods for babies can be a choking hazard

May 2, 2016 | | Say something

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Many products marketed as “first finger foods’ can be a choking hazard for genuine baby as a new study has found that did not meet the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations. the AAP recommended start finger foods when children are able to sit without support and bring your hands or other objects in their mouths. finger foods should be soft and easy to swallow and cut into small pieces. the researchers tested nine products marketed as foods for first babies fingers to see if they met these AAP recommendations. All products marketed under the ‘tracker’ name as well as a cereal commonly given to infants as a finger food, are included. Here are eight tips to help your child eat well.

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As part of the study, researchers blinded 11 received each food at random and asked to dissolve in your mouth without using his teeth. samples of each product four times twice were taken when it was fresh and twice more after being left out for at least an hour. They then recorded the time it took for the food to dissolve completely or become small enough to swallow that was inevitable. (Read: 7 tips to start your baby on non-vegetarian food )

Lead researcher Nicol Awadalla Medical Center Children Cohen in New York, said there was considerable variability in product size, shape and consistency, although classified for children at the same stage of life. Various products needed to be broken into smaller pieces in order to be “bite-sized infant.” Only two products tested meet all the criteria of the AAP said, and aspects of choking hazard on four of the nine products were raised. In addition, two of the products tested took much longer to dissolve after they had been out of the package for a period of time. Product names will not be released until this May 2, although researchers confirm that the companies producing the products concerned have been notified of the results. The summary of the study will be presented at the 2016 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. (Read: 8 foods important weaning your baby )

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Source: IANS

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