Summer melons – fragrant, sweet, juicy. In season
Both adults and children enjoy them. If you want to please
bright taste of the child, the logical question arises: and from what
age can give a child a melon? In order not to harm health
baby, it is very important to properly formulate a children’s diet and
be able to choose the most ripe and tasty melon.
Useful properties of melon
Melon is not a fruit, but a false berry, the closest relative
pumpkin. Its dense sweet pulp has a unique composition: water,
sugar and fiber. Melon is useful for small children because of its large
the content of vitamins B, A, C, E, PP, pectins, minerals,
easily digestible fats, essential oils.
Melon is useful for constipation, anemia, kidney disease,
liver, skin. It contains a mass of substances in which
needs a growing baby organism. Each of them make their own
- vitamin A and carotene will ensure normal growth and increase sharpness
- potassium will strengthen the heart muscle;
- folic acid will support optimal blood formation;
- ascorbic acid will make the immune system strong;
- magnesium and carbohydrates are beneficial for the nervous system;
- phosphorus and iodine strengthen the body;
- plant fiber protects the intestines, makes the chair
- pectin helps to quickly evacuate toxins.
Melon is very juicy and perfectly quenches thirst. She is much
more useful than sparkling water with dyes and preservatives.
Negative reactions to melon
Because of the large amount of fiber, melon is difficult to digest,
therefore, it is advised to eat separately from other foods. Stern order she
digested not in the stomach, but in the intestine, passing there in transit
immediately after eating. Therefore, you can not eat this berry fruit as
dessert, and neither adults nor children. Lingering in the stomach, she
will cause fermentation, bloating, nausea.
What are the negative reactions to the melon can be a child.
- Nausea, diarrhea and increased flatulence.
- Poisoning by nitrates, if the product is of poor quality.
Melon should be stored only in the refrigerator, it is literally 2-3
hours pathogenic microflora can develop. Eating wrong
the kept melon, the child will pick up the strongest intestinal infection.
It does not matter here at what age you can give a child a melon: speech
is about poisoning any person.
Большое количество сахара в дыне делает ее продуктом,
запрещенным при сахарном диабете. Children with this diagnosis
can not be treated to sweet fruit.
At what age can you give a child a melon
For the first feed up to 12 months melon is not suitable. In the body
infant baby is not yet enzymes able to digest its juicy
the pulp. Children who have tried melon puree in half a year and even 10
months, suffered from abdominal pain and diarrhea.
С какого age can give a child a melon? From 12 months to
healthy baby such food is considered safe provided
compliance with the daily norm. But Dr. Komarovsky believes that
two years, giving a juicy fruit to a child is not worth it, otherwise problems with
digestion can not be avoided.
Pediatricians recommend the following plan:
babies from one year to two years old – 50 grams;
from two to three years – 100 grams;
from three years and older – 200 grams.
The recommended daily intake does not mean that to feed the baby
melon can be every day. Not at all: up to the age of three you can
offer melon dessert no more than 1-2 times a week, and even less.
Until the immune system is formed (and this happens by five
years), do not overload the child’s digestive tract with heavy
Rules for feeding children melons
Having an idea of how old a child can be given
melon, be sure to consider the rules of feeding.
For the first time, give the baby a small piece of pounded ripe
melon or a teaspoon of melon juice. Watch the reaction
digestive and immune system. Bad: the child was covered with a rash,
urticaria began, a runny nose, swelling of the lips, diarrhea, vomiting appeared. These
symptoms indicate allergies or intolerances. Need to
consult a doctor and postpone familiarity with the product for several
Do not feed the baby melons after meals. False berry does not combine
with one product. It can not be sweetened with honey and even drink
tea or juice. It is best to make a melon snack after 1.5-2 hours
after meals and at least one hour before the next meal. Melon
dessert is perfect as a second breakfast, afternoon snack.
Child up to three years, let’s melon, finely chopped and watch,
so he ate at the table neatly. Slices of melon slippery, they are easy
Do not start feeding and feeding the sick child a melon,
especially if digestion is disturbed or there are diseases
Give the little sweet tooth only a freshly cut melon. If a
the fruit was cut more than two hours ago and all this time it stood at
room temperature, then the fermentation processes in the sweet melon pulp
already started. This means that it is potentially dangerous to health.
baby And the longer the term improper storage, the higher
You can store sliced melon only in the fridge, and not
more than a day. Survived the deadline to give the child a false berry
can not. The cut must be tightly closed with food film or clean.
cloth to slow the spread of mold spores – causes
severe intestinal poisoning by stale fruit.
How to choose a melon for the baby and the whole family
Ripe melon gives joy and health, and unripe or stuffed
nitrates health is seriously undermined. To prevent
chemical poisoning, it is very important to choose the right fruit.
The first rule is not to buy melon out of season, that is, before
end of August – September. The first melons are ripped off by greens and
fed with chemicals for accelerated aging.
Fetus accumulates nitrates, and toxic chemistry poisoning is highly
Signs of ripe quality melon variety
- No black spots, dents and deep cracks.
- Fruit weight from 3 to 5 kilograms (average size). Little melons
not worth buying. They are either immature or receive little
nutrients. Too large melons can indirectly
indicate that the fetus is overfed with growth stimulants.
- The color of ripe melon is light yellow. Greenish shade clearly
hints at the immaturity of the false berry, I’m too bright yellow – on
high nitrate content.
- In the ripe fruit on the skin visible orange streaks. If a они
green, unripe melon.
- The nose of a ripe melon is soft, easily served when pressed. If a
wears a hard, green melon.
- The tail of a ripe melon is dry, but not over dried. Thick green
the tail is a sure sign that the melon was cut too early.
- Knock on a ripe melon deaf.
- Пахнет спелая неразрезанная дыня так, как пахнет the pulp.
An unripe fruit does not smell or smells of grass.
- The cut healthy melon has no streaks and bright yellow
stripes near the peel. All these are signs of nitrates.
- Seeds of ripe fruit are dense, large, well-formed.
They can eat. If a дыня незрелая, ее семена пустые.
Before cutting, melon should be thoroughly washed with a brush.
under running water, and then scalded with boiling water. This will prevent
infection with dangerous microorganisms.