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Hi there,<br><br>
When you began to introduce baby food, at what point do you increase it from say once a day to twice then three times or more? What did you use as an indicator that it was time? Also, is it common for babes to get a face/chin rash when beginning solids - no matter what foods being fed?<br><br>
We're almost 8 mos, have been having a bit of babyfood (organic, gmo free of course!) at dinner time - no grains or other likely allergenic foods, yet a rash on the lower cheeks, jawline, neck (everywhere she gets food smeared during feedings...)<br><br>
Maybe she's not ready yet? Or maybe it's just the teething drool (just seems as though the drool has decreased yet the rash remains, that's why I now suspect the baby foods...)<br><br>
My goal is to BF until 24 mos at this point as we slowly transition to more and more regular foods. Books tell ya what to start with and when, but no guidance beyond that..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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My dd never got a rash from baby food or regular food. So no that's not normal. Are you sure it happens with all foods? Are they jared foods or ones you made yourself? I think jarred foods often have added asorbic acid (vitamin C) that I know of at least one child that had a problem with as a small infant.<br><br>
Did you introduce foods one by one? Did the rash appear after any certain food? You might want to try stopping all solids and seeing if the rash goes away after a week or 2. Or you could cease all foods but ones you know are OK, like if you know you fed her bananas for her first feeding and nothing happened, back up and just do those for a while and then add a second food and see if anything happens.<br><br>
As far as the increasing feedings- I didn't really do much baby food. At around 8-10 months I started putting dd in the high chair whenever I ate and giving her some soft foods of her own to play with. If some went in her mouth, great, if not no sweat. I would cut up banana, peach, mango, chunks of baked potato, whatever seemed soft enough. Try to let the baby lead the way.<br>
Try not to worry about your weaning goals right now. I have a friend who didn't introduce solids until her ds was 8 or 9 months because he didn't seem interested, then he self weaned at 16 months. I started solids at 6 months, and dd is still nursing at 33 months. I too had a goal of nursing about 24 months, but that time came and dd and I weren't ready to stop. Just suggesting you keep an open mind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I hope this makes sense and helps some, I'm a little distraced by my toddler just now.<br>
Peace,<br>
Laura
 

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I agree, introduce one food at a time and only one new food a week so that you can check for reactions. Good point about the citric acid in jarred baby food. (My son got some temporary irritation from tomato sauce a few months ago, also very acidic.) Maybe try some plain mashed rice, sweet potato, or banana (maybe mixed with some BM)?<br><br>
As far as frequency, at about 8 or 9 months we started having DS sit with us at meals and eat little bits of things if he wanted to (first his own food and then gradually our food as new foods were introduced). He's been interested in solids since about 7 months, still BF as well. Now at 18 months we have three meals plus 1-2 snacks, and he BF 4-5 times a day (at more or less regular times - most of the time he's playing and not interested - he's been doing this since about 13 months). We have two basic rules: he doesn't have to eat anything he doesn't want to, and I don't short-order cook (except milkies of course!). We offer a variety of foods at each meal (always some that we know he likes) and he can choose what and how much he eats. His appetite varies from day to day but he's not a picky eater. Some meals he'll eat all the bread and leave most of the fruits and veggies, some meals it's the other way around. I think most kids are very good at regulating their eating (esp BF kids who have been self-regulating from the beginning). And I think it helps to have them participating in family meals from the beginning.<br><br>
I remember feeling confused about how often to feed, nurse, etc as they get older, but then it happened very naturally, as I'm sure it will with you too.<br><br>
DS also got a rash on his cheeks and chin (not neck or jaw) around 6 months, though we were very cautious about introducing foods. We experimented with stopping different foods, but to no effect; it flared and waned for about a year until it is now gone at 18 mos. No other symptoms, and it wasn't an itchy rash. We didn't treat it and it never seemed to bother him. Maybe just one of those things that kids get, I dunno. But of course, there are different kinds of rashes and food allergies are one of the first things to investigate.
 
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