Besides being a concerned, proactive, totally awesome parent, you are interested, proactive, and awesomely involved about your health. You exercise regularly. You watch what you eat. And you still manage to be a parent. You are pretty awesome, aren’t you!
And as your baby begins to grow and show signs of becoming another awesome person, you begin to wonder. What will they do with their life? Will they be just like me? Will they be the opposite? Chances are, yes, they will be just like you.
So one day, as you are preparing for a grocery run, you take a look at your health-food items. Then as you are looking at your flaxseed inventory, you ask yourself, “I wonder if I could start the baby on flaxseed?”
You want your child to grow up and develop the good health habits you have. So is it too soon to start? And can I start using items such as flaxseed in their diet? How do I give flaxseed to my baby? And so on.
Today we try and answer the question, can I give my baby flaxseed? The answer and perhaps a few tips in another episode of, ‘My baby, and me!’
Flaxseed has often been referred to as the most powerful plant-food on earth. It has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Powerful stuff those tiny seeds.
But what is flaxseed? It is the seed of the flax plant and is often called linseed. The ground seed is used as a nutritional supplement and in the oil form as an emollient for treating inflammatory conditions.
Flaxseed oil is rich in Omega-3 oils and dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Flax has been deemed an essential nutritional supplement to ensure the baby’s health, growth, and development.
The use of flaxseed and its production have been around for centuries. Early American Colonists used it for its fiber content in making linen cloth. Flaxseed has been cultivated for commercial production since the 1700s.
Can Babies Have Flaxseed
Flaxseed can be a part of your baby’s diet. As with most ‘foreign’ foods, or food items, the six to eight-month-old age period is ideal to begin a flaxseed regimen. The usual method of giving the child flaxseed is by the use of ground flax or flaxseed meal. Just about half-of-one teaspoon, sprinkled in with other foods, is the best way to introduce flaxseed. In the ‘sprinkled in’ manner, the flaxseed can begin to build up in the baby’s intestinal tract where it is most effective.
Flaxseed is also a very good natural laxative from it being so rich in fiber. If flaxseed is to be apart of baby’s diet, use the before mentioned amount of one-half teaspoon at any one time. However, it is such a rich laxative it is advised not to indulge in over three full teaspoons per day. A bit sprinkled into each meal should do the trick.
How to Add Flaxseed to Baby’s Meals
People have been using whole flaxseeds for years in their cooking and baking. However, it has been discovered that there are far more benefits from using forms other than the whole seed. The whole seed requires too much digestion, and most of the seed is lost. Using flaxseed in a ground form such as meal or emollient such as oil provides far more of the health benefits people use it for.
Here are some ways to use flaxseed in your baby’s diet:
- Add the oil, or meal to your child’s infant cereals.
- Sprinkling it over other items the baby already eats
- Use the meal when preparing pancakes or other pastry type items.
- Use the meal as a binder when preparing such foods as meatloaf or breading meats, such as chicken or fish.
Possible Side Effects From Flaxseed
Despite being one of nature’s’ superfoods,’ flaxseed also can cause certain side effects. These side effects are worth mentioning here.
- Possible food allergies
- Excessive flatulence
- Adverse reaction to other medications
- May cause minor injuries to bleed more
Out of all of the possibilities listed, allergic reaction to flaxseeds is probably the most recurring one. Around the time flaxseed and flaxseed products are initiated into the child’s system, they are most vulnerable. Vulnerable to food allergies and the like.
It would be advisable to consult with the baby’s doctor when considering a flaxseed supplement. The doctor can make you aware of the allergic reactions which are possible.
Using Flaxseed Oils
Flaxseeds are so beneficial to a growing baby you might consider using the oil to prepare a certain food. Using flaxseed oils in food preparation is a bad idea.
Flaxseed oil is meant to be used as an emollient. Think of it as a skin moisturizer type of oil. When you apply excess heat to flaxseed oil, it quickly becomes ruined by being burned. Burned flaxseed oil isn’t used or good for anything.
Also, when storing flaxseeds and flaxseed meal, make sure you use a proper airtight container. Keep the products in a cool, dry, and dark place. Following these simple storage recommendations, there is no reason the flaxseed shouldn’t last two or more years. The same goes for storing the oils. Just keep them in a leak-proof bottle or another container in which the oils can’t leak out.
Adding flaxseed to a baby’s diet is a very proactive parent trait. It shows you are concerned about their health and well being and will stop nothing short of achieving those goals.
Flaxseed also goes well with love and affection!