We are often asked about giving Weetabix to babies. It’s a very popular breakfast cereal in some parts of the world and appears to be a healthy option… but is Weetabix safe for infants?
Some of you may not be familiar with Weetabix, which is a cereal made from whole grain wheat. The expression “whole grain” means that it contains the bran and the germ of the wheat – both of which are very nutritious, being rich in minerals, vitamins and protein. In addition, Weetabix contains iron, niacin and thiamine (viamin B1).
Despite the health benefits of this cereal, which can be mixed with breast milk, formula or cow’s milk, it may not be suitable for every baby.
- Wheat contains gluten. This means that Weetabix is NOT suitable for babies under 6 months of age and should not be given as a first weaning food. You should discuss the introduction of Weetabix and any foods containing wheat with your child’s doctor – particularly if there is a family history of Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance.
- Wheat is a potential allergen – our baby food allergies page gives you more information about food allergy, including a summary of the risk factors for developing food allergy.
- The fibre in Weetabix can be a little harsh on the tummy of a very young baby and some parents have found that it can cause diarrhea and nappy/diaper rash. All babies are different, of course, and some babies enjoy Weetabix on a daily basis with no problem at all – so, if there are no risk factors involved in introducing wheat to your little one, you can try gradually introducing Weetabix from 6 months of age, watching carefully for any sign of digestive upset.
Our “Breakfast for Baby” page offers you some more great ideas to get your little one’s day off to a healthy start…Pin It