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5 Foods Not Recommended for Children [Slideshow]

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We all know that certain foods and beverages aren’t meant for children. Alcohol, for example. However, there are many more foods that are common in adult diets but not recommended for children. Some of these may be surprising since, as adults, we consume them so regularly. It’s important to know what foods are deemed unsafe to feed your little ones.

Why Certain Foods Are Dangerous to Children

First, many foods contain ingredients and chemicals that, while harmless to adults, can wreak havoc on children’s health. The reason for this is that kid’s bodies are in the process of developing.

Their immune systems, livers, and kidneys are not yet as strong as adults. Therefore not able to filter out elements of food that can be harmful to humans in high amounts. We’ll explain more about this in the slideshow below.

Safety First

The second reason some foods are not recommended for children is a matter of safety. Small children lack the ability to recognize danger, such as choking hazards. While an older child or adult may know that swallowing something whole is not a good idea, toddlers and young kids are often not able to decipher what is and isn’t safe.

Check out the slideshow below before your child’s next meal or snack time. You might be surprised.

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Honey and Molasses

Honey and molasses are not recommended for children under the age of two years old. Consuming these two sticky sweeteners can lead to a condition known as infant botulism. While rare, the illness occurs when babies and small children ingest toxin-causing bacteria that are found in these foods. Botulism causes muscle weakness and difficulty breathing. 

The condition is treatable, and most babies make a full recovery. However it's best to stay away from these foods and seek medical attention immediately if your child exhibits symptoms. 

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Hard Candy

Small hard candy, including cough drops, poses a tremendous choking hazard for small children. Additionally, the small balls of candy on the end of lollipops can come dislodged from the stick and get stuck in a child's throat. While all candy should be given to children in moderation, if you're looking for a sweet treat, try an ice pop instead. 

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Albacore Tuna or Raw Fish

Many women avoid eating fish throughout pregnancy due to the levels of mercury in the food. It's recommended that children under the age of five stay away from the protein as well. Albacore tuna contains more mercury than other varieties, which can be harmful to neurodevelopment. 

If your child's diet contains a large amount of any fish, consult with your pediatrician to determine a safe balance. The FDA also warns that children do not consume any raw fish.

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Whole Grapes

Grapes are an excellent source of nutritional value. While they don't need to be eliminated from your child's diet entirely. It's recommended that young children only be given grapes that have been cut into small pieces. The reason for this is similar to hard candy, the size and the slippery consistency pose a choking hazard.

When feeding your child grapes, be sure to monitor them, never leaving them unsupervised with foods that pose a choking hazard.

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Unpasteurized Milk and Dairy Products

The CDC advises parents to avoid feeding their children unpasteurized milk and dairy products. The process of pasteurization kills off bacteria that are present in raw dairy. Without it, children are susceptible to severe illness. The organization deems unpasteurized dairy products among "the riskiest of all" foods to feed young children.

These products include milk, butter, cheese, and more. The packaging is clearly marked whether or not a dairy product is pasteurized. If you're at a restaurant or are unsure of the food's status, it's best to keep it away from the little ones.

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Anne is a GR8NESS Contributing Writer, covering mental health, self-development, body, health, and pet care. She believes that self-betterment comes from addressing all aspects of the mind, body, and soul. When she’s not writing, you will definitely find her giving her dog belly rubs and reading the first half of every book she buys.
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