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Have you ever tried cod fish before? You might not have tried it for yourselves or baby before but trust me, it is one of the most important fishes on planet earth that your baby needs.
Have you ever heard of cod liver oil before? Oh yes, surprisingly, it is gotten from cod fish and it’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin D. Read on to know how to introduce cod fish for babies and toddlers.
Cod Fish For Babies and Toddlers
Here are the following things to know about cod liver oil.
When to introduce cod fish to your baby
Cod fish could be introduced to babies from six months upward. It is also highly recommended to introduce freshly cooked cod fish starting with a smaller quantity to your baby and progress later. Please, do not give your baby smoked, salted, or cured cod because of the sodium contain in it which is not good enough for babies in high quality.
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Things you need to know about Cod fish
Cod fish might cause allergy to your baby hence it might be the best or worst fish for your baby, so you need to pay kin attention to see if your baby is going to react to it negatively or positively.
However, if you suspect that your baby might have an allergic reaction when eating the fish or he/she has previous reaction to seafood you might want to visit your baby’s pediatrician or allergist before introducing this to him/her.
Also, in as much as cod is a good fish, it is also important to give this fish to your baby in moderation because of the mercury content in it which is also present in other fishes but is moderate in cod fish so giving your baby excess of it might increase the mercury level
Is cod safe for infants to eat?
Yes, if used sparingly. Cod is a good source of the vitamins B12 and iodine, which are necessary for brain and immune system development, but it also contains a small amount of mercury, a poisonous element found in practically all fish.
As with all cold-water fish, cod provides the vitamin D needed to build strong bones in young children. It’s also packed with healthy fats and protein, which are needed for the growth and protection of cells.
Low-mercury line-caught fish are the greatest option when it comes to purchasing seafood. In the event that you can only get Atlantic cod from Alaska, go for line-caught or fish raised in recirculating tanks.
What are the most prevalent causes of choking in infants when eating cod?
No. Bones in fresh fish, however, can be a choking hazard if not removed, however cod is not commonly a choking issue. Before serving, be sure to remove any lingering bones. Maintain a safe distance from your infant at all times while feeding him or her.
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How to prepare cod fish
You could prepare cod the way you prepare other fishes like salmon and tuna for your baby. Always ensure to debone fish for your baby to prevent choking hazard.
Prepare Potatoes cod fish for your baby
Potatoes is indeed a great
- A pinch of salt
- 1 medium tomato
- 1 small onions
- Few leaves of Spinach
- 3 medium potatoes
- Small cod fish fillet
Steps in preparing it
Step 1: Grab your potatoes, wash, peel, and cut them into small pieces
Step 2: In a pot, add your potatoes, and enough water to cover about an inch and your sliced onions to it. Bring it to a boil for about ten minutes
Step 3: While waiting for your potatoes to boil, wash your tomatoes, chop them, and put them in a separate plate, and spinach
Step 4: After about ten minutes of boiling the potatoes, you would notice that it is getting tender, then add your cod fish, salt, and tomatoes to it and reduce the heat, allow it to cook for about 4 minutes
Step 5: Add your spinach, stir it, and allow it to cook for about 2 minutes before bringing it down
Step 6: Transfer to food processor or blender and puree to desired consistency or mashed it to desired consistency depending on your baby’s age.
Step 7: Serve baby and store the rest in the refrigerator
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Other food ideas to combine with cod fish
Just like any other protein givers of your choice like meat, chicken, and other fishes, you could add cod fish to numerous recipes or meal for your baby like
- Rice + broccoli + tomatoes + cod
- Potatoes + spinach + cod
- Spinach + tomatoes + cod
- Pumpkin + broccoli + cod
- Butternut squash + cod
- Broccoli + rice + potatoes + carrot + cod
- Cheese + potatoes + cod
- Sweet pea + broccoli + cod
- Red pepper baked with cod
- Parsley + broccoli + potatoes +cod
Starting at six months old, cod can be offered to babies as a source of protein. Freshly cooked cod fish should be introduced to your infant in tiny amounts at first, and then gradually increased. Due to the high levels of sodium in smoked, salted, or cured fish, please do not feed your baby this type of cod.