FAQs Blevit cereals
When should I begin complementary feeding?
Complementary feeding should begin at around five or six months of age (preferably at six months in the case of exclusively breastfed infants).
In what order should I introduce food products in complementary feeding?
The order for introducing foods may vary according to the needs of each child. Your pediatrician or nurse will inform you of the best order. In general, most babies begin with cereals, others with fruits, and in some cases, babies begin consuming these two food groups almost simultaneously.
To detect possible allergies, it is important to keep in mind that different foods should be introduced individually and in 3-5 day intervals.
When is the right time to start eating solid food?
This varies from case to case, depending on a baby's teeth and appetite, etc. However, by the time babies reach 12 months of age, they tend to eat practically everything, from purées and liquid foods like soup, to bread and cookies/crackers that are nibbled on. This is the time to stop pureeing food so babies can get used to chewing, even if certain foods are still pureed.
When and how should I introduce gluten?
Gluten-free cereals can be introduced as of the age of four months (if the pediatrician considers it necessary), and in an amount that completes a purée or by adding scoops to bottles. Cereals with gluten should be gradually introduced in small amounts (a scoop periodically added to gluten-free cereals or to fruit, or a small piece of a cookie/cracker or bread that the child may nibble on and eat).
What does it mean when baby cereals are dextrinized or hydrolyzed?
The terms "dextrinized cereal" and "hydrolyzed cereal" mean exactly the same thing. Dextrinization or hydrolysis is an industrial process that breaks down the starch chains of cereals so they are easier for infants to digest. Babies have immature digestive tracts and they are unable to properly tolerate cereals that have not been hydrolyzed.
The difference between certain cereal purées is the degree of dextrinization. If the degree of dextrinization is low, the digestive assimilation of the nutrients in cereals is low and the density is high (they are harder to dissolve and less homogeneous when prepared), so they are not very suitable for feeding a baby that is only a few months old. On the other hand, if the degree of dextrinization is very high, purées will have a lower density (they are much more liquid), but from a digestive perspective, they are not highly recommended because they do not help stimulate the maturation of a baby's gastrointestinal tract, which is very important during this period.
In Blevit purées, cereals have been dextrinized through an exclusive enzymatic hydrolysis system so they adapt to an infant's digestive maturation for optimal nutrition. This means that their tolerance and acceptability are excellent.
What ranges of Blevit cereal purées are available?
Laboratorios Ordesa has a complete range of cereal purées. For more information about the more suitable products for your baby, we invite you to visit our product advisor.
In case you have any doubt, please consult your pediatrician.
What purées are recommended for introducing cereals?
The most appropriate cereal purées for starting complementary feeding are those made from gluten-free cereals, such as rice and corn.
In case you have any doubt, please consult your pediatrician.
Up to what age can cereal purées be fed to children?
Many mothers include cereal purées in their children's breakfast until they reach school age. Although the main application of these products is to feed infants during their first year of life, until their diets are diversified and foods with a greater consistency and caloric value are introduced, cereal purées are an excellent breakfast alternative for any age.
From a nutritional perspective, cereals are an excellent source of nutrients and they can be included in the breakfast, afternoon snack or dinner of young children since there is no maximum age limit for their consumption.
Therefore, there is no need to limit the use of Blevit cereal purées to infants. Instead, their high nutritional value means that they can help provide a balanced diet for up to preschool or school age children.
What is the correct method for preparing Blevit cereal purées?
Blevit cereal purées are prepared instantly. They have a soft and homogeneous texture, and a pleasant taste.
In the case of purées with milk powder, add 45 g of Blevit cereals (between 8 and 10 spoonfuls) to 200 ml of water and stir until a homogeneous purée is obtained.
In the case of purées without milk in their composition, it is recommended to reconstitute them in milk. In order for them to dissolve properly, use water at a temperature of 40-45º C. First add the milk, and once dissolved, add the corresponding spoonfuls of Blevit cereals:
- To administer our Blevit purées dissolved in a bottle, we recommend adding only one or two spoonfuls of cereals. If more is added, it will be difficult to properly shake the purée inside the bottle and it will be better to begin preparing it in a dish.
- To prepare in a dish, up to six or eight level tablespoons of cereal can be added (approximately 35 grams), depending on the consistency your baby prefers and the temperature at which you prepare the purée.
As far as the purée's appearance, each brand of infant cereals has a different consistency. The appearance of prepared Blevit purées should not be completely homogeneous (like pudding or other dairy desserts). Instead, it should look like homemade semi-solid purées so infants begin making the gradual transition from liquid food to solid food.
Can I use breast milk to prepare a Blevit cereal purée?
Blevit purées can be prepared using infant formula or breast milk, but it should be noted that the composition and consistency of Blevit cereal purées have been formulated to be prepared with infant formula because this is the type of product that tends to be used.
When breast milk is used to prepare the purées, the consistency may be less dense than expected due to the different densities of breast milk and infant formula.
On the other hand, purées made using breast milk tend to be prepared at room temperature (to avoid affecting the nutritional value of the breast milk by heating it), so they may not dissolve homogeneously.
What type of infant formula is best for preparing Blevit cereal purées?
Blevit purées can be prepared using infant formula (Blemil plus 1), follow-up formula (Blemil plus 2 or Blemil plus 3), depending on the milk that the infant is consuming at the time.
FAQs Blevit herbal infusions
At what age can I begin using the Blevit D herbal infusion?
The Blevit D herbal infusion is recommended as of six months of age, with no maximum age limit.
What is the recommended Blevit D dosage?
The Blevit D herbal infusion can be administered daily. Depending on the age, we recommend the following amounts:
- Between 6 months and 1 year: 2 full teaspoons (approximately 10 g) dissolved in 100 ml of water.
- Between 1 and 8 years: 1 or 2 full tablespoons (approximately 20 g) dissolved in a cup or glass of water (200 ml).
- Over 8 years: 2 or 3 full tablespoons (approximately 40 g) dissolved in a cup or glass of water.
Can Blevit D be added to a bottle of infant formula?
The Blevit D herbal infusion can be dissolved in cold or warm water, and it can also be added to the regular beverage of an infant or child (juice or milk bottle).
When is the best time to administer the Blevit D herbal infusion?
It is recommended to administer the Blevit D herbal infusion after feedings or meals to help the infant or child release gases and to facilitate digestion.
What is the maximum time that a prepared Blevit D herbal infusion can be kept? Can the herbal infusion be reheated?
It is recommended to consume the herbal infusion right after or shortly after it has been prepared.
Avoid storing the prepared product from one feeding to the next (and then reheating it) because some of the components are sensitive to oxygen, humidity, and heat.
By when should Blevit D be fully consumed once the container has been opened?
Once the container has been opened, the product should be used within one month.