Introducing Fish into a Childs Diet

Fish is one of the most delicious dishes, rich in proteins and essential oils, in the world; and found in lakes, rivers and the sea. There are various types of fish each with a relatively different amount of fat than the other. It is so amazing that for some fish, one doesn’t need to add vegetable oil while preparing because they already have too much in their body.

Fish is important to children because it contains proteins which help to build the body, hence the child will not be stunted.  According to FDA news of September 8, 2004, it was indicated that omega-3 fatty acids which are contained in oily fish, help the child’s brain to develop and function well. They also help to prevent diseases like coronary heart disease.

According to the center expert advice , one can introduce fish to her child at the age of six months. Even though fish is named among the eight allergenic foods, there is no evidence for any danger in introducing them to the child at such an early stage according to the Food and Allergy released in 2008.

Since fish is a new food in the child’s diet, the mother should introduce it gradually to her child to enable it to adapt to it without rejection. After the child has adapted to fish without any signs of allergy, the mother should start increasing the number of times she serves it to the child in a week. For example she can serve fish two to three times a week and then three to four times the following week.

When preparing fish for the child for the first time, the mother should be creative enough to disguise the natural taste of fish because her child is most likely to reject it since it is new to its sense of taste. To achieve this, the mother can try out recipes like Fish Pie with grapes, Fish and Spinach Bake, Fish Chowder, Fish and Veggie Parcel, Tuna Casserole according to baby food recipes. 

When looking for fish to prepare, the mother should look for a trusted supplier who can supply fresh fish. White fish is usually recommended because it contains vitamins A and D.

She should take care to remove all the bones from the fish in a clean place to avoid any contamination. Fish without bones is safe for young children because it can’t choke them.

She should wash the fish in clean water and cover it immediately as she prepares for cooking to prevent flies from falling on it because they carry a lot of germs with them which can cause diseases to the child.

The mother should make sure that the fish is thoroughly cooked to kill all the bacteria that are likely to thrive when the food is raw or half cooked.

When the fish is ready, the mother should mince it with a clean blender and mix it with other foods for the child to eat.

The mother should serve the fish to her child and afterwards bathe it with soap. This will help to make the child fish odor free through the day.

 Fish is a very nice food that is easy to prepare and adds value to the child’s diet with the most important food values like proteins and oils.  Try it out today and see a difference in your child’s health.