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A few days ago, we stumbled on a disturbing question asked by a parent who wanted to know if Golden Morn was okay for a 7-month baby.

Our simple answer was “No” but we think parents should really know why some cereals aren’t safe for babies.

It may sound weird that some cereals are not good for babies but there are different types of cereals: cereals meant for babies, and cereals meant for older children and adults.
Infant Cereal is usually made from grains & other supplements processed for infant consumption. It is specially manufactured to meet the nutritional requirements of infants before the introduction of appropriate feeding or before they begin to eat food meant for older children.
What is the difference?
A lot of people think that all cereals are the same so they feed their babies anything they find on the market.

No, they’re and we might have to discuss some scientific terms in order to explain the difference between both types of cereals.
One of the major differences between these cereals is the process of Hydrolysis. Infant cereals undergo hydrolysis while All family cereals need not undergo hydrolysis.
Hydrolysis is the degradation of a substance. It is the splitting of chemical bonds by the addition of water. It is usually a step in the processing of baby foods due to the internal organs of babies not being strong enough to digest some food substances.
Why is baby food hydrolysed?
Babies produce a small amount of salivary amylase—an enzyme that helps digest grains—because of their under-developed organs. Simply put, their digestive system is not strong enough to handle grains, cereal, or wheat until they are older.
Babies cannot digest grain unless they produce digestive enzyme amylase. Undigested grains or cereals can destroy a baby's intestinal lining. Food allergies, loss of weight, vomiting, and irritation can occur in babies as well.
How can you recognize if a cereal has been hydrolysed?
Infant cereal is usually described by manufacturers as easy to digest on their packs. They are specially designed to be suitable for babies when breast milk alone can no longer meet their nutritional demands.
Also, food manufacturers now indicate on each pack whether the cereal is for infants or older children. And it’s not just cereal, this is done for milk as well. For example, Complan indicates on every pack that it is not to be fed to children below 3 years of age.
This is also why Nestle, the maker of Golden Morn have a warning clearly written on the pack: “GOLDEN MORN is not an infant cereal. Not suitable for children below 3 years of age”.
A lot of mothers, however, do not adhere strictly to this. Most babies have been lucky to go unhurt consuming substances too advanced for their internal organs, while some of their counterparts have not been so lucky.
In conclusion, there’s a need to be more observant when it comes to feeding our children. We must be more label aware and always ascertain that a packaged cereal or formula is suitable for infants before feeding it to them.

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