5 Amazing Benefits Of Oranges For Babies

5 Amazing Benefits Of Oranges For Babies

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Breast milk serves as an important source of food for babies for first six months, as it has all vital nutrients. After this age, you must start giving solid foods to your baby along with breast milk or formula milk. That way you can add a little variation in your baby’s diet and let your darling explore different tastes and textures.

Now you may start thinking of what to offer to your little one. Of course, we would first think of fruits and vegetables. One of the healthy nutritious choices of fruits is orange. But the question here is, Are oranges good for babies? To learn everything about oranges for babies, keep reading this post at MomJunction.

When Can Babies Eat Oranges?

Introduce oranges and other citrus fruits to babies as they get closer to 12 months. The acidic nature of the fruit may not be tolerated by the baby’s sensitive stomach. Also, it is likely to provoke rashes in babies younger than 12 months of age. The high acidic levels can result in diaper rashes and rashes around the mouth and lips. Acid reflux symptoms may also increase.

However, it may not be the case with all the babies. A few babies may not show any reaction at all. If you want to give it a try, go for moderate amounts and keep an eye on possible reactions such as hives, vomiting, wheezing, swelling, breathing troubles, watery eyes, diarrhea, or nausea.

These symptoms may show up within two hours after eating the fruit. If you see any, seek medical attention right away. It is advisable to consult a pediatrician before offering any new food to the baby.

New studies that are being released since 2008 say that there is no need to delay foods that are allergenic until the baby shows no known allergy or sensitivity risk. If your baby has previously shown sensitivity to other acidic foods, wait for him to complete one year before you give him oranges.

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Sensitivity to citric acid: Babies are usually not sensitive to citric acid after they cross 12 months. Ascorbic acid is vitamin C, and you will seldom find anyone with an allergy or severe sensitivity to vitamin C.

Health Benefits Of Oranges For Babies

Oranges top the list of refreshing and healthy snacks. The fruit is not just rich in vitamin C but is also packed with many other vitamins and nutrients. One orange contains approximately 12% of the RDA for fiber.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving size: 1 medium orange, peeled (128g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories    60Calories from Fat    0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 15g5%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Sugars 12g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A    6%Vitamin C    120%
Calcium    6%Ironvitamin    0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Source: www.whatscooking.fns.usda.gov

  1. Oranges are rich in minerals and vitamins that are extremely beneficial for babies.
  1. Indigestion or dyspepsia is common among babies. Oranges can help in improving the digestive system of your baby.
  1. Lack of dietary fiber can result in constipation in your baby. Feeding pulpy fruits like oranges can help reduce the chances of constipation as it is high in fiber. Fresh orange juice diluted with water also helps in dealing with diarrhea.
  1. Babies tend to get rickets as they grow due to the lack of phosphate and calcium. You can keep such diseases at bay by feeding oranges to your baby.
  1. Oranges are highly effective for curing cold and cough. It also protects your baby against secondary infections. The fruit helps in building immunity and recovering from many other diseases.

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How To Serve Oranges To Babies?

Serve the fruit as it is in small slices instead of making a puree. Peel, section the orange, cut into pieces and de-seed. Peel off the membranes that cover the meat and serve it to the baby. Be careful while offering citrus fruits to your baby as they can pose a choking hazard. Cut them into bite-size pieces so that don’t slip into the little one’s throat.

Feed sweet oranges to your baby lest she might not like the taste. Check the condition of the fruit and avoid if you find some soft spots.

Avoid commercially available orange juice or pulp as it contains preservatives and added sugar. Make juices at home and offer them fresh to your little one. Give it in his favorite sipper to make it more interesting.

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Foods that are good to mix with oranges are blueberries, avocado, cranberries, peaches, sweet potato, yogurt and chicken. Here are a few recipes with oranges to offer to your baby:

Simple Orange Recipes For Babies

1. Orange Yogurt Pops

Orange yogurt pops

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Preparation time: 10 minutes

You will need:

  • 1 orange (peeled, de-seeded)
  • 1 cup yogurt

How to:

  1. Puree the orange, add the yogurt and mix well.
  2. Transfer to ice cube trays and freeze until solid.

2. Orange Juicy Carrots

Preparation time: 15 minutes

You will need:

  • 1/2 pound carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water

How to:

  1. Add water, orange juice to carrots in a saucepan.
  2. Steam carrots until tender.
  3. Mash if needed and add a pinch of cinnamon (optional).

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3. Orange Baby Sherbet

Orange baby sherbet

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Preparation time: 90 minutes

You will need:

  • 1 orange (peeled, de-seeded, cut)
  • 1 cup apple juice

How to:

  1. Blend orange, add apple juice and blend further.
  2. Pour into a freezer-proof container and freeze for an hour.
  3. Blend once again. Transfer back to a container. Freeze until firm.

4. Orange Banana Mash

Preparation time: 20 minutes

You will need:

  • 1 banana (slices)
  • 4tbsp orange juice
  • 2tsp apple juice (unsweetened)
  • 1tbsp olive oil

How to:

  1. Add olive oil to a pan and keep it on medium heat.
  2. Add banana slices and sauté. Add orange juice and apple juice. Continue to sauté for some more time.

[ Read: Banana Puree For Babies ]

5. Baby Orange Julius

Baby orange Julius

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Preparation time: 5 minutes

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup apple juice (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup breast milk or baby formula
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • a pinch of cinnamon

How to:

  1. Mix all the ingredients. Blend to get a runny consistency.

6. Orange Dahl

Preparation time: 30 minutes

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • cinnamon

How to:

  1. Add lentils and pour water into a pan. Cover it with a lid and cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in orange juice and cinnamon. Turn off the heat.
  3. Pour the contents into a blender and blend well.

7. Yogurt With Mandarin Oranges For Babies

Preparation time: 5 minutes

You will need:

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mandarin oranges (sliced)
  • 1tbsp honey (optional)

How to:

  1. To a cup of yogurt, add mandarin oranges. Add honey if desired.

Note: Mandarin is a small citrus tree with fruit resembling oranges.

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8. Orange Dreamsicle Milk

Orange Dreamsicle milk

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Preparation time: 10 minutes

You will need:

  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2tbsp sugar
  • 1/4tsp orange-flavored powdered drink-mix (no sugar added)

How to:

  1. Shake all the ingredients in a container or stir in a glass until well blended.

9. Fruit Salad In Orange Shells

Fruit salad in orange shells

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Preparation time: 10 minutes

You will need:

  • 2 oranges (seedless)
  • 1 apple (diced)
  • 1 banana (slices)

How to:

  1. Cut an orange in half widthwise.
  2. Scoop out the flesh on both the sides, without cutting through the shell. Remove remnants like juice and orange pulp.
  3. Cut the orange sections into small pieces. Mix in the apple and banana pieces.
  4. Spoon the fruit salad into the orange shells and serve.

10. Frozen Cranberry-Orange

Frozen cranberry-orange

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Preparation time: seven minutes

You will need:

  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • some ice cubes

How to:

  1. Transfer the ice-cubes and juices to a blender and blend until thick and smooth.

11. Carrot Orange Puree Baby Food

Carrot orange puree baby food

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Preparation time: 10 minutes

You will need:

  • 1tbsp orange juice
  • ½ cup carrots (peeled, chopped)
  • cinnamon

How to:

  1. Cook carrots until soft. Add in orange juice and cinnamon powder. Blend well.

Give oranges as fruit or churn out a yummy recipe from them. Either way, your baby is most likely to like the fruit.

[ Read: Yummy Fruit Purees For Babies ]

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When can babies have orange juice?

A. You may give orange or any other juice to your baby once he is on solids (i.e. from six months), as long as he does not show any reactions to acidic fruits. It is essential to dilute these juices. Dilute one part juice with ten parts water. Offer not more than 120ml juice a day. Offer any fruit or vegetable juice in a cup or a beaker, not in a bottle and not before bedtime.

However, it is better to give your baby whole oranges than juice as the latter affects the enamel of the milk teeth. Also, it contains added sugar. As the pulp is lost from the fruit, many nutrients are lost.

Q. Can babies eat mandarin oranges?

A. Yes, babies can eat mandarin oranges as they get close to 12 months if they do not show any allergic reactions to citrus fruits.

Q. Is orange squash good for babies?

A. It’s not a good idea to offer fruit squashes and cordials to your baby. The high sugar and/or sweetener content in those drinks can cause tooth decay, besides encouraging your baby to have a sweet tooth. Moreover, they have little nutritional value.

Q. What are the alternatives for citrus fruits?

A. Many foods other than citrus fruits can fulfill the daily vitamin C requirement of your baby, as he needs only 35mg of it. The requirement can also be met through melons, ripe papayas, baked potatoes and spinach. These foods have a low incidence of food allergies and sensitivity reactions.

Q. Can I use citrus acid to preserve homemade baby food?

A. Using a drop or two of lemon juice as a preservative in a fruit purée should be okay. The drops are spread throughout the purée, and it is less likely for the infant to consume it at one go. It is different from offering a few orange slices to your little one. But, avoid it if your baby has a clear sensitivity to citrus foods.

Did you feed your baby with oranges or orange juice? Did he take it well? Do share your experiences with other mothers, by commenting below.

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