When babies are born, they have very little taste buds. But as they grow and get introduced to new foods, their mouths and taste buds develop. It has been proven that certain things that mom eats while pregnant can help curb and develop babies’ taste buds. So babies may develop taste buds for things earlier in life. They may enjoy spicier foods.
Along with that, it has been proven that the things mom eats can affect the taste of the milk. Babies may like spicy foods when they come to them filtered through mom’s breast milk. Here are some facts on babies that like spicy foods.
Spice in Breast Milk
Certain tastes can transfer into breast milk. Spicy or sweet tastes seem to transfer the most. So you can curb your baby’s taste buds by having certain tastes into your diet. On top of this, certain nutrients from foods can transfer as well. So if you have a healthier diet, then your child will have a healthier diet. But the effects of spices and breast milk aren’t all good.
Side Effects of Spicy Breast Milk
Spicy breast milk can hurt your child. The spiciness of breast milk can cause an increase in spit-up. Along with that, it can also cause diaper rash. This is because the urine your baby outputs is harsher on the skin. Spicy breast milk can also cause an upset tummy and a fussy baby. Colic is more common in babies where the mom has a diet high in spice or lactose. It has been proven that changing your diet can help your baby be happier and have a happier stomach.
Table Feeding Spicy Food
When it comes time for your baby to sit at the table and eat food, the question often is what foods to introduce. There is a certain routine of offering new foods to your child. Because of the risk of allergies, the experts say to introduce one new food at a time and to serve it two or three days in a row and watch for any reaction. If your baby is fussier, the food may be upsetting their tummy. The person to ask if it is okay to feed certain foods to your child is your child. Your baby can express to you what they like and don’t like.
Is Your Baby Okay With it?
Your baby has certain signals to portray to you whether or not they are enjoying certain foods. One way to know how a child is feeling is by crying. A fussier baby may have a tummy ache. If it is in conjunction with certain foods, then try laying off those foods for a while. Along with that, if they are developing a diaper rash or other similar skin problems, then that might be an allergic reaction or a reaction to certain nutrients in the food. As always, when introducing new foods, be sure that you are watching for any facial swelling or trouble breathing. That is a sign of an allergic reaction that needs immediate attention.
Toddlers and Spicy Food
Whenever you are giving a small child food, be sure to be aware of any things that could happen. A child should never eat alone. Even children as old as eight or nine come at a risk of choking. Along with that, allergies can develop over time. Be sure that your child is always adequately watched when trying new foods.
Along with that, be sure that it is prepared in a way that your child can eat with no problems. If your child doesn’t have a lot of teeth, then they may need smaller bites. Be sure to follow the one new food at a time process for healthier and safer introduction to spicy foods.
Many nutrients are found in spicy foods that are not found in other foods. Peppers are one of these foods that have very specific nutrients in them. Although your child doesn’t need to eat spicy food if they don’t enjoy them, a parent should always be sure that they are feeding their children healthy food options. There should always be an adequate introduction to fruits and vegetables. Two to three servings of fruit and vegetables every day are very important for growth and development. So whether those veggies and fruits are spicy is up to your child!
Children are constantly exploring their world. So the additional textures of food and the experience of eating are just as important as the actual food that is being consumed. So if your family is the type of family that socializes around the dinner table, a child will be more likely to want to be in on that experience. Along with that, the textures of different foods can trigger different brain responses. It is super important for your child to have access to all of those textures. Along those same lines is the fact that children change. If you initially tried a certain spicy food and they didn’t enjoy it, try again in a few months. As the taste buds develop and become stronger and weaker, they may change their tastes. A certain texture or spice they once didn’t as they may now enjoy!
When it comes to introducing spicy foods to your baby, the best judge is your baby. They can use their cry and facial signals to tell you how their belly is feeling. Some babies and toddlers are more apt to enjoy spicy foods. Cultures where spicy food is more prominent such as the Hispanic culture may offer spicier foods to their children younger. Their taste buds may be more ready for it as well because they were introduced through breast milk. There are many pros and cons to trying spicy foods with your children. But in the end, the personal taste of the child is the biggest judge.