When to start giving walnuts, almonds and other nuts to babies?


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By Dr Seema Khanna

Weaning starts at the age of 6 months. After the completion of 1 year, when the toddler starts walking and other physical activities, nuts can be given in the form of paste  to avoid the risk of choking. Almonds should be soaked in milk overnight, peeled off in the morning, ground well and given to the child.

Nuts are a rich source of protein, calcium and potassium. Nuts are a healthy snack option. They are also high in healthy fat content and fibre. The fat in nuts is mono-unsaturated as well as omega 3 fatty acids. They help in reducing heart diseases. Being a good source of vitamin E, they keep the skin healthy and glowing. Nuts also help in maintaining weight.

Healthy nuts include almonds, walnuts and peanuts. A handful of nuts, that is, nine to 10 almonds or walnuts can be given to kids between the ages of one to four years. Raw or dry roasted and unsalted nuts are the healthiest options.

After introducing nuts, you should check the following signs of allergies:

  • Rashes
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing
  • Running nose
  • Swelling of lips and face
  • Itchy eyes

If you spot these allergy indications, it is recommended to reach out to your paediatrician at the earliest.


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