Baby ice cream: yes or no?

Baby ice cream: yes or no?

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When summer arrives, one of the greatest pleasures is having ice cream. A refreshing pleasure for children and adults, but here we have a question: from what age can children have ice cream? In short, ice cream for babies, are they recommended or not?

There are basically two large groups of ice creams, those of ice and those of cream or milk. Commercial ice creams usually contain water with sugar, colors and flavorings, and rarely contain fruit in their manufacture.

Industrial ice creams contain milk in some way, either as such, its fat or cream or powdered milk, accompanied by sugars, flavorings and some extra ingredients such as nuts. The main and most serious drawback of any of these commercial ice creams is the amount of sugar they contain so its consumption should only be occasional, since high sugar intake is related to dental caries and being overweight.

Made at home, things change, since we know first-hand the list of ingredients. Homemade ice creams can easily contain fresh fruit such as strawberries or juices in their preparation, and it is also avoidable to add sugar to ice cream, only choosing the ripest fruits that will be the sweetest. Cream ice creams at home can be made in the same way, with milk, cream or cheese and fruit or other ingredients as desired, controlling the amount of sugar added.

Milk ice creams, whether industrial or homemade, should not be offered to babies who do not yet have cow's milk or derivatives in their diet, whether they are 12, 18 or 24 months old, as these ice creams will expose the baby to protein from cow's milk that are highly allergenic.

Nevertheless, milk is not the only ingredient in ice creamSo, if they are industrial, it is advisable to examine the list of ingredients with caution, since commercial ice creams also contain colorants, preservatives and other additives that can cause allergies in young children.

Additionally, these ice creams have a high risk of contamination by Salmonella. Respecting the cold chain is essential to keep bacteria that can cause food poisoning at bay, and when this chain is broken, bacteria proliferate, causing infection, in this case salmonellosis.

Some fruits are highly allergenic, and If the baby has not consumed them yet, they can cause an allergic reaction if the ice cream contains them. Nuts are also allergens to consider, although they also have the added problem of being the first cause of choking in babies and young children. It is not usually recommended that the child eat nuts until they chew safely and freely, and given the differences between babies, depending on the type of feeding they have taken when introducing complementary feeding, it is very difficult to generalize about what age the baby chews confidently.

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