Garlic has been used a lot for its high medicinal values properties though it is not something your baby will eat happily Yes the effectiveness this food item gives is more than anything.
It is so good for health with its hand on multiple affections on the body.
Did you know? Babies nurse better when their mothers have eaten garlic. A fact which was not really common.
In olden times during puerperal phase of a mother. Mother’s diet included a lot of food item which keeps the body temperature warm so that milk production was at ease. Garlic was considered one such food item.
Yes, it is not something which can be eaten by adults leave a baby alone but here we will help you to know some complementary ways you can introduce this food item to your baby’s diet for its health.
INTRODUCTION OF GARLIC IN BABY’S FOOD:
You can begin giving garlic to babies between 6 and 8 months of age. Some babies may find it difficult to digest it, while some could develop an allergy.
ALLERGIES to garlic can be confirmed in the form of cramps, swelling, vomiting or diarrhea.
Visit your kid’s doctor if you observe any of these symptoms. Seek medical advice right away if your baby has to breathe trouble or severe reactions.
Start introducing garlic in a very little amount to your baby’s diet to enjoy its beneficial effect in future.
Garlic is a good source of vitamin B6, manganese, selenium, potassium, and iron. That is why it is worth taking a risk to introduce garlic into your baby’s diet.
ADVANTAGES OF GARLIC:
1. PROTECTION FROM COL AND COUGH:
Garlic is the best for bacterial and viral disease due to its agent fighting against them. It can be a little issue for your child to have it due to its taste but you can always give them in dal or be putting it in salted water so the taste gets mixed up for them to consume easily.
Babies are susceptible to common cold, fever, flu, pneumonia, asthma, and many other respiratory problems. Garlic helps fight them. Garlic soup helps reduce the severity of cold and flushes out toxins from the respiratory system.
2. ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES:
Antimicrobial properties of garlic help heal wounds quickly. Include garlic in your baby’s diet and the healing will begin soon after she consumes the condiment. Mix the fresh juice of garlic cloves with fruit or vegetable juice and feed the concoction to your baby.
3. PREVENTION OF CANCER:
The power of garlic to elicit anti-inflammatory immune responses protects the baby from various types of cancer including colon, esophageal, larynx, oral, ovary and renal.
4. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS:
Garlic stimulates cell types such as macrophages, lymphocytes, natural killer cells, dendritic cells, and eosinophils, thus building your baby’s immune system.
It regulates cytokine secretion, which could help in the treatment or prevention of obesity, metabolic syndrome.
5. WORM INFESTATION:
When intestinal worms such as tapeworms enter the baby’s body in the form of eggs, they settle in the intestines and feed on the nutrients, eventually leading to infections and ailments. Garlic can act as an effective anthelmintic drug to kill the intestinal worms.
Garlic has so much of health benefits in our kid’s diet that it automatically makes us want to introduce to our babies GUT but here the issue comes how we will make our baby indulge into something like garlic which is something that we adults also cannot consume easily.
I have noticed with some people even giving garlic with honey so the strong garlic taste gets suppressed under the sweet taste though not completely but one of the ways to give in cold and cough to your little one.
And for a daily dose of garlic here are some food recipes which will help you, so that your baby eats garlic easily.
But parents make sure when we are talking about garlic benefits here the amount of it also matter. Give them in decent quantity if your kid is in 6-8 months range 1-2 clove of garlic are good for them.
Garlic Recipes For Babies:
1. Chicken-garlic soup
50 gm boneless chicken
1/2 tsp ginger (grated)
3-4 garlic (chopped)
5 cups water
1 small onion (finely chopped)
1. Transfer all the ingredients to a pressure cooker and cook on slight flame for 10 minutes and low flame for 15 minutes.
2. Strain it and after cooling it down and serve warm.
2. Tomato rasam (Indian recipe)
2 garlic cloves (chopped)
2-3 black peppercorns
1 cup water
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
salt for taste
1/2 tsp oil
1. Heat oil, add cumin seeds, garlic, and peppercorns. Lightly fry them.
2. Add water and tomatoes. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove off the flame and let it cool.
3. Mash well. To remove the tomato skin, strain the mixture.
4. Add the mixture prepared earlier which was lightly fried.
5. Feed it as soup.
3. Garlic salve for cold and cough
8 garlic cloves (peeled)
1/3 cup coconut oil
10 drops lavender oil
1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Make a smooth paste.
4. Garlic bread (10 months)
1 garlic clove
1 Italian white bread.
50g softened butter
1tsp fresh parsley (chopped)
1. Add butter, parsley, and crushed garlic clove in a bowl and mix well.
2. Spread the mix as a thin layer on both the sides of the bread.
3. Bake the bread in a preheated oven and for five to 10 minutes.
4. Bake both the sides until brown.
Garlic bread is a really tasty snack for babies. They enjoy indulging on it as it soothes the pain in the gums and its best for teething duration.
TIPS FOR GARLIC:
- Store garlic in a warm, dry place.
- If you are bothered by the smell from your baby’s mouth, try adding fresh parsley.
- Don’t give a whole to your little one as it is hard to chew and may pose a choking hazard. Instead, add it to the various recipes that you make for him.
- Use fresh garlic rather than the paste or powder. Select the one that is white in color.
- Peel off the skin, mince or crush and add it to the diet. Keep crushed garlic aside for 10 minutes before cooking.
Garlic has numerous health benefits and is loaded with nutrients. It helps in boosting the little angel’s health besides making the food tastier. This Indian herb is the right thing to introduce in your baby’s diet for its health effects and hardly side-effects.