Does ragi porridge increase weight in infants? Is that ok to feed ragi porridge for 4 months old?

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It is not ragi porridge alone which can increase the weight of the child. It is the higher calorie/energy intake which increases the weight. For any food, you should wait till the baby is 6 months old. This is because any other food would not provide the nutrients, which milk does. Moreover the digestive system is still developing and may not have enough enzymes to digest other foods properly. From six months, you may start with strained vegetable soup including green leafy vegetables , fresh fruit juice. At 6 months you can give ragi porridge, rice kheer, suji kheer or phirni etc. You can gradually start with mashed banana, boiled potatoes, dal water also. Boiled water can be given especially after each solid feed. Starting with a spoon or two you may gradually increase the amount to 120-250 ml in a day. Keep the seasonings mild, keep the consistency flowing initially. You may give three solid feeds maximum, in a day. Click on the following link for details on introducing solids http://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/baby-weaning-food-guide-4-to-7-months/567 Hope this helps

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