Introducing Gluten when Weaning

With gluten in the limelight lately, you might be a bit unsure as to how to introduce it into your baby’s diet. It is important that your baby is introduced to gluten by 6 months despite the bad press that it often receives. But don’t be put off, after this you will have all the info you need to properly go about including gluten through the weaning phase.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein that can be found in wheat, barley, oats and rye. Therefore it is found in many cereals and foods made from flours such as pasta and bread.

When should gluten be introduced?

By about six months, your little one should be introduced to gluten. Introducing before 4 months or after 7 months can increase the risk of developing coeliac disease in childhood. But don’t worry; gluten introduction is not a complicated process, as you will see next.

How should gluten be introduced?

At first, only small amounts of gluten should be introduced as your baby isn’t ready to digest large amounts. Over the next 4-6 weeks, after the first introduction, you can gradually increase both the frequency and amount of gluten-containing foods.

 

introducing gluten portion sizes
– Adapted from FSAI 2011

 

How much is one portion?

One portion of gluten is:

  • 5-6 Level teaspoons of gluten-containing baby cereal made with milk.
  • 2-3 Well-cooked pasta shapes.
  • ½ Slice of white sliced pan
  • Small slice of wholemeal bread
  • 1 Rusk
  • 1 Heaped teaspoon of couscous

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