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Topic: Gastroenterology, Medical, Teeth

Many children affected by ectodermal dysplasias may develop few if any teeth. Others may have teeth that erupt late. These issues can make it challenging for a child to transition from breast milk or formula to solid foods. In this article, Dr. Kathleen J. Motil, a professor in Pediatrics-Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Nutrition at Baylor College of Medicine and a physician in the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Texas Children’s Hospital offers a novel approach called Baby-Led Weaning. She suggests an adaptation of this feeding method may be useful to help your child who doesn’t have teeth learn how to eat solid foods.

In this article, you will learn what Baby-Led Weaning is and when your child would be ready to start it. Learn what beginner foods are recommended and how to follow the Baby-Led Introduction to SolidS (BLISS protocol).

Parents often are concerned about choking, inadequate intake and nutrition when using this approach. Dr. Motil addresses these concerns and shares research to allay fears. Finally, recommendations are given on monitoring growth and how to introduce of foods to prevent food allergy.

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