Foods You Should Never Feed Kids Under 3 Years Old
Moms and dads, we have a list of delicious but dangerous foods that you and your toddlers should be aware of. Quick meals are great, and it can get hard to ace your kid's diet while sneaking in the occasional treats, but there are some foods you should avoid feeding your little ones, and we wanted to let you know!
One thing you children with under-developed immune systems should never consume is unpasteurized dairy products. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that "raw milk from cows, goats, and sheep is 150 times more likely to cause food-borne illnesses and can cause 13 times more hospitalizations than pasteurized milk products."
These sugary drinks have zero nutritional value and add excessive amounts of calories to a child's daily intake, and put your kiddos at risk for tooth decay. Even sugar-free sodas with artificial sweeteners are dangerous to a child's developing brain.
Raw carrots present a large choking hazard for kids 3 and under. However, they are rich in beta-carotene, potassium and B vitamins, so it's safer to cook the carrots. This way kids can munch like Bugs Bunny without obstructing their airway.
It is advised that young children (and the elderly) should not eat rare beef or lamb due to the risk of getting them sick. Children under 5 years old produce less stomach acid than adults, making them less capable to fight off bacteria in rare meats.
Cough Drops & Hard Candies
It's natural to give your little ones throat lozenges when they're feeling icky, but like most small round foods, cough drops and hard candies can become a parent's worst nightmare. Smaller candies have no nutritional value, and could also get stuck in your child's throat.
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