Pediatrics Question #14
Which statement made by the parents of a 5-month-old infant when discussing dietary choices is most concerning to the nurse?
- “Our baby eats all of her oatmeal when we sweeten it with fresh honey.”
- “Our baby especially loves the canned vegetables when we puree them.”
- “We don’t want our baby to be underweight so we feed several times per day.”
- “We make peach cobbler with fresh peaches and feed our baby small bites.”
The correct answer is A. Infants younger than 1 year old should not be given honey. Clostridium bacteria that can cause infant botulism can be contained in fresh honey. Fresh vegetables are a better option but canned vegetables that are pureed are an acceptable choice for baby food. A 5-month-old baby should eat or nurse every three to five hours.Many pediatricians recommend trying peaches at 5 months old.