There are some things you should avoid feeding to your young child:
Burned food contains harmful substances that are neither you, nor your child should eat.
Some species of fish
– Small herring from the Baltic Sea
– Wild-caught (not farmed) salmon and trout from the Baltic Sea, Lake Väner and Lake Vätter.
– Lavaret from Lake Väner and char from Lake Vätter.
These types of fish may contain high levels of environmental toxins and you should therefore not eat them more than 2–3 times per year.
– Fish you have caught yourself: perch, pike, zander and burbot may all contain mercury, so it is not recommended to let children eat them too often.
Health food products
These products have often not been scientifically tested, or tested for children, so health food products are not recommended for children – because it is not known how they may affect them.
Coffee, black tea and caffeine
Children are more sensitive to caffeine than adults, and they make experience palpitations or feel unwell if they drink coffee, large amounts of black tea or other products that contain caffeine.
Unpasteurised milk/green cheese
Unpasteurised milk may contain harmful bacteria that can make children (and adults) ill.
Rice cakes and rice products
Rice can contain arsenic. Therefore, it is not recommended to feed rice cakes or rice-based drinks to children under the age of six. If you do eat rice, it is a good idea to switch between brands to reduce the risk of ingesting high levels of arsenic. Generally speaking, children should not eat rice or rice products more often than four times a week.
When children reach the age of approx. 12 months, their bodies can start to regulate their salt balance. But you should still take care with salt levels even after your child is one year old; choose iodine-enriched salt, because iodine is used to regulate the metabolism.
Green or damaged potatoes contain a substance called solanine, which can cause stomach ache, nausea and vomiting in both children and adults.
Sugar, juice, sweets and soft drinks
Try to avoid these for as long as possible. They provide very little nutrition and contain a great deal of sugar, which is not good for children. Moreover, sugar has an adverse effect on children’s teeth.
You should also avoid letting children under the age of 12 months eat:
In rare cases, honey may contain spores that can cultivate bacteria in children’s intestines.
– Leaf vegetables or beetroot
Leaf vegetables such as rocket salad and spinach contain nitrates, which are converted to nitrites in the body. These substances, in turn, can hinder the transportation of oxygen in the blood.
Evelina Rosén, Nurse Bambino MAM