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to think that giving a 5.5 month old McDonalds is verging on abuse?

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Partyfops · 13/10/2018 12:14

So a friend of mine has just posted on FB about their not yet 6 month old baby eating her first McDonalds!! FFS!!!!

This is utterly vile right???

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whiskeysourpuss · 13/10/2018 23:23

DD didn't have a McDonald's chicken nugget until she was 10 because I was a perfect parent & certainly wasn't because she got a small drinks cup filled with gherkins in her happy meal instead... honest Grin

It's a nugget FFS just like the OP is being 🙄


AllTheChocolateMice · 13/10/2018 23:23

Can you imagine, it would be like when you try and buy a bottle of wine at coop with your teenager there and they refuse because it might be for them

Sorry love, no Big Mac for you today. You might feed it to the baby


Valanice1989 · 13/10/2018 23:26

Of course it's not abuse. That being said, I don't understand why you would do it. It's practically the only point in your child's life when you can feed them nutritional food exclusively and they won't moan about it!


Cellardoor23 · 13/10/2018 23:36

'vile' and 'abuse' is a bit OTT. Not ideal, but I wouldn't go as far as to say that. None of my business what other people feed their kids. My DC had half a sausage roll from Greggs the other day, judge away Grin


Allegorical · 13/10/2018 23:43

You do know that babies get most of their food/nutrition from their mil still at this stage don’t you? Food at this ages is just supposed to be fun/ exploring of textures/tastes. So I always gave mine a bit of what I was eating to explore ( including maccies on occasion).
And at the end of the day it is essentially meat and potatoes with a bit of fat/salt. The baby will have mostly gummed the chicken nigget/fries. The only bad thing there really is the salt and you can ask for fries unsalted which she probably did.
You need to get a grip.


Allegorical · 13/10/2018 23:43

*Mil = milk.


reallyreallynow · 14/10/2018 05:48


OP didn't use the word abuse

Hmmm, not sure your powers of observation are quite up to scratch.....*


reallyreallynow · 14/10/2018 05:52

@FlowThroughIt but apart from judging what would you actually do about the child in McDonalds? You know saying well I care isn't going to really do anything, it's just judging! Would you speak to the parent? Would you try to educate them?

Why not try to get McDonalds to put on the box not to be eaten by under 2s?


sawbucks · 14/10/2018 06:12

With all due respect OP, that baby did not eat an entire happy meal. I am willing to bet money on it.


Allegorical · 14/10/2018 06:34

Oh an the weaning guidelines will/are changing back to 4 months soon enough. Late weaning is partly responsible for the rise in food allergies in this country including my first born child who was dutifully late weaned and now has an epipen.


EnglishRose13 · 14/10/2018 06:38

I gave my son a chip from Burger King to gum on when he was a similar age - a bit older, maybe. It was to keep him quiet while my niece enjoyed her treat.

Should I alert SS myself?


reallyreallynow · 14/10/2018 06:40

@EnglishRose13 yes please self report immediately!


Housewife2010 · 14/10/2018 06:43

They should only be on milk at that age.


reallyreallynow · 14/10/2018 06:46

@Housewife2010 really? I thought the six month was a guideline ? It's actually set in stone is it?


Caprisunorange · 14/10/2018 06:51

If youre BLW your supposed to look for signs of readiness rather than exact age. If they’re not ready they won’t be able to eat it


Natsku · 14/10/2018 08:27

The 6 months guideline is because of breastfeeding (to get the 6 month exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO), nothing to do with when it's actually right to introduce solids, which is between 4-6 months depending on readiness but by 6 months at the very latest to prevent allergies.


ferrier · 14/10/2018 08:51

The six month guideline is also to try and stop those who, whenever you give them a guideline, try to 'better' it. So if the guideline said 4 months there will be parents proudly posting photos of their 3 month old eating a chip.

Back to the original question .... not abuse but irresponsible if more than a very occasional occurrence and nothing to be proud of. The fact she posted a photo would worry me. Also, if she bought the happy meal specifically for the not quite 6 month old that would worry me too. Anyone who thinks that McD chicken nuggets are a healthy option or similar to a home made chicken nugget would also worry me too.


busybarbara · 14/10/2018 08:56

In France it's common to give children watered down wine at meals. Are they all child abusers OP?


WhiteDust · 14/10/2018 09:17

There is a photo of me back in 1974 drinking red wine out of a glass. I was just 2. Mum said I glugged it.
I can reassure you that it didn't leave me traumatised and didn't lead to alcoholism in later life.


roundaboutthetown · 14/10/2018 09:20

Allegorical - I don't know a single person who followed the 6 months guideline, yet allergies have been increasing in the UK for donkeys' years - since well before there was ever any suggestion anybody wait six months to start weaning their baby. Is the evidence actually that strong one way or the other? Anything I've ever read about the cause of the increase in allergies in developed countries seems to have, frankly, admitted that scientists still haven't worked out what combination of factors is actually causing this, hence swinging wildly from one direction to another in their advice.

Everyone I know started weaning their babies when they became obsessed with the food being eaten around them, at 4 months or younger because that's what their parents did, or when they thought it might reduce the number of sleepless nights they were getting by filling their baby up more. Has much research been done to find out what proportion of parents actually heeded the six months advice and also whether those parents were actually more at risk of having children with allergies in the first place?


Natsku · 14/10/2018 09:25

roundaboutthetown It's not just about starting food before 6 months but starting the right foods before 6 months - current advice based on latest research is to introduce the major allergens straight away by 6 months, and regularly, to prevent allergies. Weaning at 4 months but just giving baby cereal and fruit and veg will do nothing to prevent allergies (except to wheat if you give wheat cereal).


roundaboutthetown · 14/10/2018 09:32

Nataku - yes, but how robust is the latest research, given that the "latest research" used to advise the exact opposite? Tbh, I ignored the advice on allergies during my pregnancy and when my children were small, because it didn't make any sense to me, but swinging wildly from one direction to the other in terms of official advice hasn't made me any more inclined to believe it or follow it now.


Caprisunorange · 14/10/2018 09:34

“Anyone who thinks that McD chicken nuggets are a healthy option or similar to a home made chicken nugget would also worry me too.”

So explain the difference between McDonald nuggets and home
made? A PP poster posted the ingredients in a McDonald’s nugget so you can see what’s in it


Natsku · 14/10/2018 09:41


Understandable to be wary with the way recommendations change but I've read the latest research and it seems pretty robust to me. And completely anecdotally, I followed the NHS guidelines with my daughter who ended up with multiple allergies as a baby, and follow the newer guidelines with my son who so far has no allergies despite being high risk as his dad is allergic to nuts. But of course that's just a sample size of 2!


roundaboutthetown · 14/10/2018 09:49

Natsku - my dh's family have a v strong history of allergies, too. On my equally small sample size, my child with very mild hayfever was given antibiotics at a few weeks old. My other child has no allergies whatsoever. Needless to say, I do believe the bit of research that implicates antibiotic use in the development of allergies! Wink

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