By : Nengah (boy), 14 years old, Junior High School grade 1, Pengalusan
The class went as usual. Today (9-9-2015), we learnt about weaning food. Weaning food is a food for baby after the baby attains the age of 6 months. Before 6 months, the baby only gave or got exclusive breast milk. We are not allowed to give the baby any food even a water. After 6 months we can give the baby a food like we eat everyday but in different serve / texture and the breast milk is still until the baby attains the age 2 years. If we want to give a food, we have to make the food become softer like porridge or puree. That treatment aims to make the baby easier to swallow the food. When we make puree, we have to make sure that the tools we used are clean. We can’t chew the food and give to the baby, it can contaminate the puree and the baby could get a disease. As known, in the past our parents used to do it. They thought it would make the food more delicious but it wasn’t. It is disgusting and may be we could get a disease especially the parent who does it in bad condition or sick. I am glad because today I haven’t seen any parents do that anymore.
In this stage indeed we could give a food to the baby but not all. There are certain of foods that we have to avoid to prevent the baby from sickness. Those foods are orange and tomato (contain acid), salt (could affected to the blood pressure), honey (contains bacteria), nuts (could caused chocking), and sugar (afraid becomes addicted). So if we want to give a food to the baby, make sure that the food is tasteless. It aims in order to the baby could taste the real taste of the food and to prevent addicted of any flavor. Those treatments we can do until the baby attains the age of 1 year. After that we can give them a food that we eat everyday.
Now, I don’t have a brother or sister in that age but this information will be useful in the future, when I have my own baby. I hope I could help the mothers in my village change their lifestyles and treatment, so that the children here could grow healthy.