Feeding your baby a vegetarian or vegan diet can be a healthy choice so long as you carefully plan meals to ensure that all nutrients are included. Being gluten-free may be a matter of necessity, depending on the child’s sensitivities.
Designing a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet for an infant is easier than a strict vegan diet that completely avoids the consumption of any animal products. A vegan diet should not be undertaken without proper planning and education.
A gluten-free diet eliminates grains that contain the protein gluten including wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. In people who are gluten sensitive, exposure to gluten can cause severe gastrointestinal distress.
If sufficiently severe, this sensitivity can actually manifest as Celiac Disease. Reactions to gluten can show up at any stage of a person’s life.
Typically gluten sensitivity in infants will not surface until after 10 months. Before that time, children are not fed grains with gluten because those items are typically harder to digest.
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