You may wonder if children should be introduced to ice cream. Ice cream can be just as appealing to children as it is to adults. Everyone enjoys ice cream, and it is difficult to resist. However, given the ingredients in store-bought ice cream, parents are often hesitant to introduce it to their children.
Because ice cream is a dairy product, babies can eat it after 12 months. Although it is made from pasteurized whole milk and cream to remove bacteria, children may be sensitive to milk proteins, minerals, and other ingredients. Children should avoid non-essential foods and drinks, such as ice cream and other iced confections, because they are a poor source of nutrients, according to the Australian Healthy Diet Guidelines.
However, after consulting with a pediatrician, you can introduce ice cream in moderation and give it to your baby on occasion. Your baby’s first 12 months are critical as you introduce nutritious foods and develop a taste for healthy foods. As a result, it is still too early to feed the baby ice cream during the first 12 months.