Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday's Tip: Fiber for Your Babies is so Important!

Jackson sees a GI doctor every 3 months.

Do you know that your little one needs 10-15 grams of dietary fiber a day?

If you do not know how much your baby is getting I would definitely start figuring out how much your baby has a day so he or she does not end up having to see a GI doctor every 3 months...ha!

Even babies as young as 14 months old need fiber!

Some recommendations:

Any Fiber One products (even for Abigail).

I enjoy:
  • Fiber One chewy bars Chocolate or Peanut Butter Bar
  • Fiber One yogurt (I like strawberry)
I am trying this week
  • Fiber One pop tarts
  • Fiber One cereal (caramel)
  • We are also trying Benefiber in drinks this week and every serving has 3 grams of fiber
Natural Fiber
  • Raisin Bran Cereal- 7 grams
  • Grits- 5 grams
  • Baked Beans-3.5 grams
  • Whole-Wheat bread-2 grams
  • Graham crackers -3 grams
  • Black-eyed Peas- 8 grams
  • Baked Potato (small)- 4 grams
  • Applesauce 3- grams
  • Strawberries 1 cup- 3-4 grams
Jackson still has to be on Miralax (which has no fiber, but just brings water to his stomach...whatever that means) until I know without a doubt that he is having at least 10 grams of fiber a day. He starts off his day which a nutri-grain bar which does have 2 grams, but it is hard to get 10 grams in. Love to hear any advice on how to get more fiber in him!

Adults, we are supposed to have 20-35 grams of fiber a day. I really enjoy Fiber One products because they are filling, are low on the Weight Watcher's points scale, and they get my fiber in for the day.

Remember that cheese, bananas, and peanut butter can contribute to constipation. Of course, Jackson loves all three of these foods...ha!

1 comment:

Lauren Limón said...

I highly recommend the wisdom found at the Weston Price Foundation site. I use many of their recipes and suggestions for baby/children's food.
Have you ever considered taking him off of grains? Many problems are attributed to high levels of grains. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of fiber - if your child will eat them. And broth is great for gut issues. Good luck!