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Feeding Yogurt to Babies

New parents often have a variety of questions about feeding yogurt to babies.  Below, please find information on the most commonly asked questions.

Q:  At what age can you begin feeding yogurt to babies?

A:  Babies usually can begin eating yogurt as soon as they start eating solids, which typically occurs at about six months of age.  Some experts, however, advise waiting until babies are seven to eight months of age.

Q:  What kind of yogurt should be given to babies when they are first being introduced to yogurt?

A:  Babies’ first yogurt should be plain, pasteurized yogurt made from whole milk.  This yogurt should be unsweetened, contain live cultures (the more live cultures, the better for babies’ digestive system), and contain no additives.  Plain Greek yogurt is also acceptable.  If the babies respond well to the introductory yogurt (see the allergy Q&A below), then parents can begin adding fruits and other additives to the yogurt.

Q:  How can you tell if babies are allergic to yogurt or the additives in yogurt?

A:  Babies who are allergic to yogurt (specifically, allergic to either the milk proteins or the additives in the yogurt) may experience any (but not necessarily all) of the following symptoms:  rashes or red patches of skin around the mouth; hives on the body; itching; lip, tongue, or facial swelling; difficulty breathing; wheezing; diarrhea; vomiting; and fussiness.

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