Health Benefits Of Oatmeal For Babies

Oatmeal is a Super Food for babies that has various health benefits and essential nutrients.

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.

When Can Babies Have Oatmeal?

Oatmeal is one of the first solid foods for the baby as they are packed with nourishment. You can start giving oatmeal to a baby from the age of six months.

Health Benefits Of Oats For Babies

Oats helps in constipation

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.

Oats is Gluten-Free

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 Boost Immunity

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 Helps Reduce Inflammation

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.

Oats Improves Blood Sugar Control

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 Reduces gastroesophageal reflux

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.

Which Is The Best Type Of Oatmeal For The Baby?

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.

How To Select And Store Oats For Babies?

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.

How To Cook Oats For Babies?

Cooking rolled oats/infant oatmeal for a baby:

  • Soak the oats in water for a minute.
  • Cook them for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add water or milk to get the required consistency.
  • Cool and blend the cooked oats to prepare an oatmeal porridge for the baby.

Cooking steel-cut oats for babies:

Steel-cut oats are whole grains and thus require additional cooking time.

  • Boil the steel-cut oats for 10 minutes.
  • Then soak them in boiled water overnight.
  • Boil the oats again next morning,for 15-20 minutes on a medium flame.
  • Keep stirring to avoid lumps.
  • Make the oats cool after it is cooked.
  • Blend them in a blender to make porridge.

Oats Baby Food Combinations

You can make a delicious porridge by cooking oats with milk for your baby. Milk is the best combination with oats which most of the baby likes.

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.

Can A Baby Be Allergic To Oats?

Yes, a baby can be allergic to oats,but very few baby get allergy from oats. So it is safe to add to a baby's diet. Vomiting, nausea, skin hives, abdominal pain, lethargy, and swelling of the face are the symptoms if baby is allergic to oats.

How much oatmeal cereal should I feed to my baby?

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.