5 Garlic Health Benefits for Babies, Toddlers

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Feb 13, 2016 06:32 AM EST

Caption:LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Garlic on display during the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) London Harvest Festival Show at RHS Lindley Halls on October 6, 2015 in London, England. The traditional harvest themed show runs October 6-7 and showcases a wide range of late summer grown fruit and vegetables. (Photo : Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

If you have to include one strange food in your baby's diet, let it be garlic.

While the smell remains in question, garlic as a food as numerous health benefits for a baby. It is a good source of vitamin B and vitamin B6 and is also packed with manganese, selenium, potassium and iron. While it can generally boost the baby's health, it can make the food taste even better.

It can aid in curing various respiratory disorders in babies and helps them recover from any infection quickly. As babies often suffer from cold, garlic can be best used to treating your baby's cold.

At six months of age, babies can start consuming garlic as part of their diet. Lactating mothers can even eat this so the nutrients in garlic may benefit the baby.

Here are the benefits of garlic for a baby's overall health, according to Bold Sky.

1. Garlic Cures Respiratory Disorders

A baby's immune system is not fully developed, making him susceptible to acquiring colds, fever and flu. Garlic soup helps to reduce the severity of cold and flushes out the toxins from a baby's body.

2. Garlic Helps Alleviate Abdominal Pain

Garlic is effective in treating stomach ailments like abdominal pain. It cures gastric disorders, too. Garlic could be combined with honey and fed to a baby.

3. Garlic Regulates Infections

Garlic has antimicrobial property of garlic regulates the growth of the infection-causing bacteria. The phytochemical present in garlic is effective in getting rid of bacteria present in the colon and small intestine.

4. Garlic Kills Intestinal Worms

Garlic has the ability to kill the intestinal worms such as tapeworms that settle in the baby's intestines and feed on the nutrients that may result in infections and ailments.

5. Garlic Promotes Healing

Garlic helps heal wounds quickly due to its excellent antimicrobial property. You may include garlic it in the baby's diet to promote a quicker healing process.

While garlic has plenty of health benefits, its smell is still unpleasant for many Blog Homemade Baby Food Recipes shares how one can eliminate or manage an unfortunate side effect of eating this healthy food whether it is cooked or raw.

According to the report, chewing fresh parsley helps reduce the smell a little. It is the reason you always see parsley on garlic bread. If the garlic's smell is bothersome, you may try stirring it into baby's food.

A more practical option though is to eat some yourself as it masks the smell of garlic the baby eats.

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