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Spices in the children’s diet

Adults do not think dishes without salt, spices, various seasonings, but is it possible to saturate with them the taste of dishes that are prepared for a child?

Supplementing dishes with new taste sensations occurs due to other aromatic substances of natural origin: spices and spices. We will talk about them today

Irina Gracheva, pediatrician, child nutrition consultant: Generally with spices, you need to be careful: a number of spices contain aromatic acids and tannins, which can be dangerous for undeveloped gastrointestinal tract, the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines of a child. In addition, the spices are very allergenic. I would recommend to consult with a pediatrician and an allergist before introducing some spices into the diet.

But as for hot spices, here I am extremely categorical: Chili, horseradish, mustard and cayenne pepper should not appear in the child’s diet until at least 7 years old.

During the period when the child consumes exclusively mother’s milk and milk formulas, there should not be any seasonings in his diet.

They can cause an imbalance of the elemental balance in the body and even burns of the mucous membranes.

As you grow older, you can gradually introduce new spices for your child.

What spices and at what age can you eat a child?

  • Use in children’s teas and soups from 4 months.
  • Useful for mothers to increase the amount of breast milk and children, because It is an excellent tool for flatulence, colic, colitis, strengthens the immune and nervous systems, and also helps the baby’s intestines.


  • Add from 10 months.
  • It contains carotene, essential oils and many vitamins.
  • They should spice up children’s soups and meat and fish dishes.


  • Add from 10 months, and from one and a half years, you can add parsley, fried in olive oil.
  • It is rich in vitamin C, contains many salts of phosphorus, calcium and magnesium, has anti-edematous properties. Often, pediatricians are advised to add parsley to the child’s diet, if the baby has neurological disorders.


  • Add a year and a half.
  • It is a natural antibiotic, strengthens the immune and bone systems, normalizes the work of the heart and improves the digestive process.
  • Ideal for soups and vegetable purees.


  • Add a child no earlier than two years.
  • Relieves spasms in the digestive tract of the baby, prevents flatulence.
  • A mixture of basil and rosemary perfectly replaces the pepper.


  • Add from two years.
  • Cinnamon helps digestion, improves appetite, has antibacterial properties.
  • Ideal with the taste of apple.


  • Add from two years.
  • Increases immunity, normalizes the digestive system, helps in the treatment of SARS. It is recommended by doctors in the postoperative period.
  • For children, it is best to add ginger tea to the diet.


  • Add black pepper in 5 years, not earlier: for a children’s stomach it is a strong irritant.
  • Sweet green and red peppers are allowed for babies from one and a half years old, provided that the baby is not allergic. These types of pepper are rich in vitamins and useful trace elements, stimulate the appetite, are indispensable for vitamin deficiency.
  • Be sure to consult a pediatrician before introducing pepper into the child’s diet, since the presence of coarse fiber and essential oils in it can adversely affect the condition of the baby during illness.
  • There are only from 7-8 years, because Horseradish is too hot for sensitive mucous children.
  • In content of vitamin C, even lemon is ahead. It is rich in minerals, fiber and carotene, contains natural antibiotics.


  • Allowed only after consulting a pediatrician.
  • It increases appetite, helps normalize digestion, has a laxative effect, has antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
  • Attention! Excessive use of mustard can cause shortness of breath and heart rhythm disturbances.

Spices contraindicated for children:

Refuse to buy multicomponent mixtures of spices for the child.

Such mixtures often contain chemical flavor enhancers (in particular, unhealthy monosodium glutamate), which are unacceptable in the diet of the child, because may adversely affect the health of the baby.

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