Updated: March 30, 2019
Oatmeal is a Super Food for babies that has various health benefits and essential nutrients such as fiber, calcium, proteins,and vitamin B. It is widely cultivated across India. It helps babies in constipation as it is easily digestible. It has numerous health benefits and to gain weight. Oats helps improve the nutritional value of a gluten-free diet and helps in their overall growth. It has multiple benefits that a baby need to grow. Below are the health benefits of Oatmeal for babies.
Oats helps constipation in babies as it is rich in fiber. It helps in digestion in babies and prevent constipation. It makes bowel movement easy in babies. Babies digestive system are not developed completely hence the Soluble Fiber Called Beta-Glucan present in oats helps to digest the food easily.
Oatmeal increases the nutritional value of a gluten-free diet that may cause nutritional deficiencies in babies. grains like wheat, rye, and barley contains gluten that provide essential nutrition to babies but some babies allergic to gluten. But you can give oats to your baby if she is allergic to gluten as oats are gluten free to get the essential vitamins and minerals.
Oats contains beta-glucans that enhances immunity of the baby. It prevents infections in babies by boosting their immunity stronger. So try to include oats in your baby's diet on regular basis.
Oats can reduce the inflammation caused by infections and wounds as it contains avenanthramides which has the anti-inflammatory properties. So include oats in your baby's diet on regular basis to keep your baby away from diseases.
It can control Blood Sugar as the grain reduces insulin resistance. Babies who are born with congenital type-1 diabetes may benefit from oats consumption.bIt also prevents from diabetes as it helps the body uses the injected insulin better.
Oats can reduce gastroesophageal reflux in babies. If your baby is having problem of gastroesophageal reflux, you can include oats in your baby's diet on regular basis to keep your baby away from this disease.
There are varieties of oatmeal options available in the market such as Rolled oats, Coarse oat flour, Instant oats, Dehulled whole oat grain, Steel-cut oatmeal. Out of these oats, Steel-cut oatmeal is the best for babies as they are unprocessed. You can cook them easily. Steel-cut oatmeal retain all the nutrients of whole oats.
Select Steel-cut oats with no added preservatives, sugar, salt and flavoring. Make sure you keep the storage area clean and dry to prevent it from pest infestation. Buy oats in smaller quantities so that you can finish it within a short period. If you want to keep them for longer duration, place it in an airtight container which prevents the oats from becoming soggy and pests free.
Cooking rolled oats/infant oatmeal for a baby:
Cooking steel-cut oats for babies:
Steel-cut oats are whole grains and thus require additional cooking time.
If your baby is allergic to milk, you can use water instead of milk and feed your baby.
You can make delicious porridge by cooking oats with all types of fruits for your baby. Banana go well with oats as it contains natural sugar to make the porridge tasty.
You can make delicious porridge by cooking oats with all types of fresh finely-chopped vegetables for your baby. They will get all the essential nutrients from the veggies.
You can give 3-4 tablespoons of oats every day once he starts having solid after six months. It is sufficient to get adequate fiber and nutrition for a growing infant. You can give few more tablespoons of oats if your baby demands more.