Chia Seeds for 9 Month Old Baby?
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Question: Could a 9 months old baby use it?
Answer: If your child has health issues, it's best to ask your doctor.
I can give you an over view of what I would do if I were starting out with my own children. It was over 50 years ago that I had babies.
Here's what I would keep in mind:
1. Use only chia gel (recipe below).
2. Blend the chia gel up in juice or some food. I wouldn't give my baby dry chia for the following reason:
Dry chia seeds are water hungry little seeds. I have observed chia seeds get a little wet and they get sticky. They will actually hang on to the side of a container. You want to ensure the chia seeds have enough water and do not gum up in the intestines.
I personally did not eat dry chia seeds. I always soak my dry chia seeds in water. Here's the recipe for soaked chia seeds, also known as chia gel.
1. Mix 2 tablespoon of dry chia seeds in 8 oz of water.
2. Stir once every 5 minutes while they are absorbing the water over a twenty minute period.
3. Cover and place this chia seed gel in the refrigerator and leave over night.
4. Now this gel is ready to use and will keep for several days in the refrigerator.
How much would I give my baby? I would only start out with 1/4 teaspoon a day of the actual chia gel.
I would use this guideline when giving it to my baby:
Chia Seeds are a Potent Energy Food
Most children don't need a lot of extra energy. If they are sick, one may think they need more energy but I feel it's better to follow the standard advice of a good doctor.
The stories I've read about chia's history, it is a spectacular food for going on long trips by foot while eating very little else.
Or, working long hours doing strenuous work without tiring.
One example was eating a breakfast of pancakes with added chia seeds. The amount of chia was not much at a time, maybe a teaspoon smashed into a course meal and then added to the pancakes to last the day. Keep in mind these were very active adults.
Adults and children are all different and whatever you read about "how to eat chia" should always be evaluated by you. Do consider your baby has a very different lifestyle.
What I say here is from my experience and my evaluation of knowledge from others. I don't wish to give you advice on feeding babies chia seeds.
It's really important for you to evaluate what you read, including what you find on this website.
I appreciate your asking this question and allowing me to share my thoughts.
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