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Introducing Onions

Allergy to onions is quite rare, but parents are usually more concerned about the effect of onions on a baby’s delicate digestive system, as onions often cause wind (gas) – in babies and adults alike – so they are not ideal as one of your baby’s first foods.


Some thoughts about onions in your baby’s diet…

  • Before the age of 7 or 8months, it is best to establish a good variety of fruits and other vegetables in your baby’s diet.
  • At about 7 or 8 month – if your baby’s doctor or paediatrician agrees – a small amount of cooked onion may be mixed with foods that baby is already enjoying.
  • Introduce just a little at first so that you can spot if the onion has an adverse effect – if all is well, quantities may then be increased.
  • The ‘wind’ effect is less when onions are cooked rather than raw, so avoid giving raw onions until your baby is at least 1 year of age.
  • If you are concerned that your baby has a delicate tummy, wait until later to introduce onions into his or her diet.

Onions have many health benefits:


  • They are high in vitamin C – helping to boost the immune system and protect against bacterial infections.
  • They are full of polyphenols – containing far more than tomatoes, red peppers and carrots.
  • They have anti-inflammatory properties – which can help reduce asthmatic symptoms.
  • They can boost the absorption of iron from other foods.
  • They are an excellent source of antioxidants – important for helping protect human bodies from cancer and other serious conditions (research shows that shallots and the stronger onions have the highest antioxidant content.)
  • They are good for the heart – and may help lower cholesterol in later life.

This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.


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