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Fish for Babies

Fish for Babies

It turns out eating fish isn’t just good for adults—it can also help make a baby’s skin as smooth as, well...  A new study from The University of Gothenburg in Sweden has found that infants that start eating fish before the age of 9 months have a lower risk of developing eczema, a hereditary skin condition that causes rashes, redness, itchiness and drying (just to name a few of the uncomfortable symptoms).

In fact, researchers found that infants with fish in their diets were 25%  less likely to develop eczema. Since baby food manufacturers don’t make fish products, it’s recommended that it be slowly introduced with other solids, preferably in puree form at about 5 to 6 months of age.

Do you think babies and fish are a good mix? Would you be concerned about mercury? Sound off, and since many infants might not enjoy the taste of fish, share your advice on how to get healthy foods past a fussy eater.

Posted: 9/29/08
Kiki76

I might be a bit worried about mercury. Also, children should never have sushi or other raw fish, as they can become seriously ill. There's also the allergy factor—if you are allergic to fish or shellfish, the baby could be as well.

I'm all for a well-rounded diet, but maybe fish can wait?

  • By Kiki76
  • on 9/29/08 3:22 PM EST