Reflux and Added Ingredients in ‘Natural/Organic’ Commercial Baby Food

by Kleo

(Adelaide, Australia)

My Daughter is 6.5 months old and I’ve been giving her various purees from different brands of pre-made baby food.

I’ve found that most of them either have lemon juice in them to preserve the ingredients or ascorbic acid. Whilst these are natural products and can be organic, the acid isn’t good for reflux bubs.

Many of those with meat in them also have things like tomato paste, onion, leek etc, all of which have been known to cause reflux flare ups in babies (which can be seen in those babies who are breastfed and the mother eats any of the above).

NOTE FROM EDITOR: That’s an excellent point, Kleo – thank you so much for sharing your observations.

It’s true that the terms ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ somehow lead you to forget that those very ingredients may be acidic – not, of course, that acid is necessarily ‘harmful’, but it’s certainly a trigger for reflux flare ups.

Some acidic foods can cause nappy rash/diaper rash, so that’s something else to consider!

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