Safetysunday how to cut sausages

Find out whether it"s safe to lớn give your baby sausages. Plus, get tips on how lớn safely cut sausages for children if you choose lớn serve them, as well as other protein foods that are suitable for your baby.

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The official advice on when babies can eat sausages

The NHS advises against giving babies sausages because of their high salt content, as too much salt isn"t good for babies" kidneys.

As well as advising against sausages due to their saltiness, the NHS also includes other salty foods lượt thích bacon, chips with extra salt, crackers, crisps, ready meals, takeaways, gravy, và meals made with stock cubes as those to lớn be avoided for babies. Plus, it"s important lớn remember that babies don"t need any salt adding to their food either.

If you do choose lớn give your baby sausages, the NHS also lists sausages as a choking hazard for babies, và advises that you make sure khổng lồ peel the skin off sausages before offering them lớn your baby, in order khổng lồ lower the risk of choking.

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It"s also important khổng lồ ensure that you slice sausages into the correct shape in order to lớn avoid choking when serving sausages khổng lồ babies và young children. It"s advised that you make sure to slice sausages lengthways, so that their shape poses a lesser risking of choking.

How to lớn safely prepare sausages

Sausages are one of the main foods which pose a choking hazard for children, not just due khổng lồ their skin, but also due to their shape. Hotdog sausages are particularly hazardous due to lớn their smooth, cylindrical shape.

If you are serving sausages lớn your child, it"s important khổng lồ make sure you slice them correctly to lớn reduce the risk of choking.

It"s advised that you slice sausages lengthways, so that their shape poses a lower risk of choking, according to lớn the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). They say that the ideal shape is "short thin strips".


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The US advice also states that no child under the age of four should eat a hotdog sausage unless it has been cut up, and that kids over the age of four may still need their food cutting up.

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There"s no harm in slicing hotdog sausages lengthways for older kids too – & the same goes for any kind of sausages. Plus, it"s always important to teach kids of all ages khổng lồ take small bites & to chew what’s in their mouth.

You can use these images as a guide for the wrong & right way to lớn slice sausages:

The wrong way to lớn slice sausages for kids

Sausages sliced lengthways & correctly (be sure khổng lồ remove the skin, too). For younger children you should slice them smaller still.

What can babies eat instead of sausages?

While the NHS advises against offering sausages khổng lồ babies, there are plenty of other protein packed foods and meats that are recommended for your child lớn eat from six months onwards.

It"s safest to wait until around six months before giving your baby any solid food, because younger babies may not be able lớn sit up and swallow well.

At six months, your baby should be able to lớn eat a variety of foods, including a range of protein foods and meats – and ensuring they get used to lớn different flavours và textures can help to stop them becoming fussy eaters when they get older.

The different kinds of meat recommended for babies by the NHS include:


The NHS also recommends a range of other protein foods for babies, including:

lentilsbeanstofupulses, such as chickpeas

These protein foods are suitable to lớn be mashed or blended into a puree, or offered to lớn your baby as finger food.

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How to lớn safely cook meat for your baby

TheNHSwarns that your baby is more vulnerable to the bacteria that can cause food poisoning. As such, if you choose khổng lồ offer sausages or another kind of meat lớn your baby, it"s important you think ofsafety & hygienewhen preparing & cooking meat for their meals.

The NHS recommends:

Always wash your hands before và after handling any raw meat.Store raw meat in clean, covered containers at the bottom of the fridge to lớn prevent any drips falling onto other foods.Cook all food thoroughly & cool it until lukewarm before giving it lớn your child.Don"t save meals your child has half-eaten. Instead, they need lớn be thrown away as they can be a breeding ground for bacteria.Cool food as quickly as possible, ideally within one or two hours, and put in the fridge or freezer. Food that you"ve put in the fridge should be eaten within two days.

Health benefits of meat and protein foods for babies

Even if you don"t offer your baby sausages until they are older, they will be able to get lots of important vitamins and minerals from different kinds of meat, such as chicken, turkey, beef, lamb và pork, and other protein foods lượt thích eggs & beans.

These meats và protein foods are a good source of:

iron (for combatting anaemia and low energy) – in meat, beans and chickpeaszinc (for strengthening the immune system) – in meatvitamin B12 (for making red blood cells & releasing energy from food) – in meat, fish & eggsvitamin B3 (niacin – for releasing energy from foods and healthy skin & nervous system) – in meat & fishpantothenic acid (for helping the body toàn thân to release energy from food) – in chicken, beef và eggsvitamin B6 (pyridoxine – for using and storing energy from foods & forming haemoglobin) – in pork, poultry and some fishvitamin A (for a healthy immune system, skin and vision) – in eggsvitamin B2 (riboflavin – for healthy skin, eyes and nervous system) – in eggsvitamin D (for healthy bones, teeth & muscles) – in red meatfolate (for healthy red blood cells and avoiding anaemia) – in chickpeas and kidney beans

Could my baby be allergic to lớn sausages?

It"s often a good idea khổng lồ wait three lớn five days between introducing any new foods khổng lồ your baby. This way, you can catch any reactions to new foods, và you"ll be able to more easily identify which food was the cause.

Signs of allergies in babies

According to the NHS, the symptoms of an allergy to lớn look out for include:

diarrhoea or vomitinga coughwheezing và shortness of breathitchy throat and tongueitchy skin or rashswollen lipsand throatrunny or blocked nosesore, red và itchy eyes

If you think your baby may have an allergy, speak to your health visitor or GP. If the reaction is mild, don"t cut important foods out of your baby"s diet until you"ve received medical advice, as your baby could miss out on valuable nutrients.

However, if allergies, asthma or eczema run in your family, your child may be more likely khổng lồ develop an allergy, so you might want khổng lồ talk to your GP or health visitor for advice before weaning your baby.

Meat isn"t considered to lớn be among the main foods that can trigger an allergic reaction. However, because sausages are ready-made foods, they can often contain other ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. The main food và drink allergens to lớn be aware of, according khổng lồ theNHS, are:

cows" milkeggsfoods that contain gluten, including wheat, barley và ryenuts và peanuts (serve them crushed or ground)seeds (serve them crushed or ground)soyashellfish (don"t serve raw or lightly cooked)fish

If you vì chưng choose to give your baby sausages, kiểm tra the label carefully for potential allergens (they"ll be listed in bold on the ingredients list).

Baby recipes with meat

These meat recipes are suitable for babies:

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