Seafood Safety When Feeding Your Baby
As evidenced by multiple blog posts on this site, trying to figure out when to make the move to start with solid foods is totally a personal thing. However, there are some types of foods that you should be aware of when you actually have made the decision to make the switch from milk to meat, so to speak.
Some parents consider starting off their infants with seafood because, hey, it's soft, it's packed with protein, it's got tons of vitamin D. So what's the big deal?
In the past, it was thought by many medical professionals that if you gave your children foods like nuts, fish, peanuts, and shellfish at too young of an age, your child would be more likely to develop allergies to these foods, and allergies to these types of foods are not pleasant to live with.
Out of all of the children that are allergic to eggs, milk, soy, or wheat from infancy, 80-90% of them end up growing out of it by the age of 5, but, as it has been thought, allergies to fish and other seafood last a lifetime. So, traditionally, people would avoid feeding them to their children, believing it might help keep them safe from such debilitating allergies.
However, this is not the case. In January 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their position on the matter and said that it is actually beneficial to feed your little ones seafood, starting when they are around 4 to 6 months old.
This doesn't necessarily mean that you can go hog wild on giving seafood to your children. Mercury poisoning is still a threat to the health of your baby, so be aware of which fish are likely to have the most mercury in them. All fish has some amount of mercury present, but there are certain types of fish that have less than what could be considered dangerous. These types of fish are salmon, shrimp, pollock, tuna, tilapia, catfish, and cod.