Gluten Free Baby Food
Gluten free baby food can be important for babies of parents who are celiac, or in the early months of food introduction to decrease food sensitive responses.
Gluten is a protein which is found in wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye and most oats. Because gluten is a large and sticky protein, it can be hard to digest and is the primary reason gluten-containing grains should be avoided in babies until at least 10 months, but to be on the safe side I recommend waiting until about a year for introduction of gluten. Remember to always follow the
4-day wait rule
when introducing a new food.
The immune system of people who are either celiac positive or gluten sensitive will perceive this protein as a foreign invader and thus cause a reaction which can lead to a variety of signs and symptoms:
• Abdominal distress, gas, bloating, chronic diarrhea, nausea
• Joint pain
• ADHD/ADD and behavioral issues
• Delayed growth or failure to thrive in infants
• Acid reflux
Gluten sensitivity should be considered as an underlying cause when dealing with a chronic condition.
There are many alternatives to gluten containing foods, especially in baby food. Whole food options are the best way to ensure “gluten free”. When foods are processed there are many additives, preservatives, or processing plants which will effect if the food is actually gluten free.
Here are some great gluten free alternatives on the market. Also many of the baby food doctor recipes give you gluten free options.
• Potatoes and potato flour
• Almond Flour
Gluten Free Recipes for the Whole Family
The BEST Multi-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Recipe
Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe
Homemade Gluten Free Baby Food Recipes
Healthy Kids Meals Recipes with Gluten Free Options
Toddler Finger Food and Healthy Snack Recipes with Gluten-free Options