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Shop bought fish cakes 9 mo?

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bluejeanswhiteshirt Fri 03-Jul-15 18:29:27

I bought some fish cakes from Tescos which contain the following -

Salmon (Fish) (44%), Potato, Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Water, Rapeseed Oil, Spinach (4%), Double Cream (Milk), Cornflour, Sicilian Concentrated Lemon Juice, Salt, Spices, Yeast, Sugar, Parsley, Flavouring

They only have 0.4g of salt per fishcake.

Would they be suitable for 9mo dd?

SilentBob Fri 03-Jul-15 18:35:12

I don't feed babies any salt, wheat, cow's milk or citrus juice under 12 months where I work, so I wouldn't give these fish cakes to a 9 month old, sorry.

ClaireFontaine Fri 03-Jul-15 18:37:56

I would give a bit but with a bunch ️of other stuff, mainly fresh veg and assuming her other meals had been salt and sugar free. What else has she eaten today?

bluejeanswhiteshirt Fri 03-Jul-15 18:40:08

Why not cow's milk or citrus? Or wheat for that matter? I understand the salt but babies are allowed some.

museumum Fri 03-Jul-15 18:41:12

Yes. I definitely would. As part of a varied balanced diet obviously.

museumum Fri 03-Jul-15 18:42:36

My ds was largely "baby-led-weaned" so he ate what we ate including wheat, cows milk (though not as a drink) and citrus.

bluejeanswhiteshirt Fri 03-Jul-15 18:42:52

She had porridge for breakfast with almost a full banana. Strawberries and yoghurt as a mid-morning snack. Cottage pie from last night for lunch and I was planning on giving her fishcakes, sweet potato mash, carrots and broccoli for dinner.

CultureSucksDownWords Fri 03-Jul-15 18:44:29

Is it 0.4g of salt or 0.4g of sodium?

If it's 0.4 g of salt and they haven't had much with salt in today then I would perhaps give them. 0.4g of sodium is too much I think.

As far as I'm aware, there's no need to avoid cow's milk, wheat or citrus until 12 months. I've not seen that advice anywhere.

NerrSnerr Fri 03-Jul-15 18:46:11

Silentbob- why don't you give those things? I'm interested because I have a 10 month old.

bluejeanswhiteshirt Fri 03-Jul-15 18:46:12

It says 0.4g salt so doesn't seem like much. It's ready now anyway so I'll see what she thinks. It will most likely end up on the floor anyway!

SilentBob Fri 03-Jul-15 19:06:49

Nerr- I work in a nursery. My guidelines are to avoid all salt (although thinking about it some of the babies do have weetabix for breakfast, with parents' consent- I'm not sure if they contain salt? I digress!), wheat (gluten is hard to digest, particularly in little ones), citrus fruits (highly acidic and commonly cause rashes in under ones- similarly raw tomatoes and strawberries and kiwi fruit. They are all on my 'no' list), cows milk (complicated proteins and nutrients which can cause kidney problems in under ones. Again though, this can be given with parental advice, it's not done routinely though.)

I don't use any salt at all as I have no way of knowing if the children have salt elsewhere iyswim so it is much safer for me to give none. (Eg one little one was off out for her dinner to a restaurant this evening after a full day at nursery. If I had added salt to her 3 meals which I made for her, the 4th meal may have pushed her over the 'limit')

Once babies under one have had wheat at home- not just the once- then I can give them it at work but again it's not a routine practise.

I realise it sounds overly complicated and I am definitely not a panicky type who avoids all sorts but these aren't my children.

<whispers> I can't remember but I'm sure I just fed my now 17 year old any ole thing! And I ate pate and prawns etc when I was pregnant!

CultureSucksDownWords Fri 03-Jul-15 19:12:18

SilentBob, do parents have to give you written permission to give wheat and citrus?

squizita Fri 03-Jul-15 19:13:44

Silentbob why is your advice different to NHS weaning advice? Is this a UK nursery in a children's centre?
I would have concerns about sending my dd to a nursery where she could not be given dairy products or wheat (dairy is considered quite important 6-12 months as breast/formula reduces, just not consumed as a "glass of milk" but as yoghurt etc).

squizita Fri 03-Jul-15 19:16:18

Culture I have an auto immune condition and was uggested to introduce those 3 (along with others) on their own then wait 3 days - if all ok, all ok..That's the gp advice for kids most at risk of allergy: there is no requirement for under 12 month olds not to have them except if allergic.

SilentBob Fri 03-Jul-15 19:18:12

Sorry, it is a private nursery.

In the babies files, we have a form which lists the above and parents sign to say which they have had with no side effects. I then go off them to meal-plan.

When I responded to the OP, I was quick-posting without really thinking about my reply tbh! Sorry for confusion, I should have added to caveat of 'if baby hadn't had them before' rather than blithely throwing around a no milk, bad milk suggestion! smile

I don't give them any citrus or strawberries or kiwi at all under one, though. Nursery policy.

CultureSucksDownWords Fri 03-Jul-15 19:18:43

Squiz, I did think it was just for children with a family history of allergy. I would be a bit unhappy about a nursery that wouldn't give cows milk or citrus to a child under 1.

Flisspaps Fri 03-Jul-15 19:52:24

There's no need to avoid anything other than whole nuts/grapes (choking risk) and honey in under 1yos.

Anything else is fine in moderation after 6mo.

Buglife Fri 03-Jul-15 22:57:32

I've given DS (10 months) fish cakes. I don't think the OP was asking 'shall I give my 9 month old fish cakes as their first ever food' and I'd assume the vast majority of 9 month olds have had dairy, wheat and citrus. My DS 'private' nursery gave cheese sandwiches and melon for dinner today smile perhaps half a fish cake of you're worried about the salt. Also in future you can make your own with some mashed salmon and potato, maybe spinach and cheese?

Buglife Fri 03-Jul-15 22:59:20

And DS loves strawberries! There is no evidence or recommendation that you avoid allergens before 1 in the UK. Apart from honey they can have anything.

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