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How much salt and ghee should I give my 13 months old baby?

Q: My child is 13 months old now, so can I add salt to his food now? How much butter or ghee is advisable to give at this age? She just crawls very fast and walks with support but doesn't walk on her own yet so is there something to worry about? Is bathing my child with curd ok as when I use soap skin gets very dry even after applying cream for many days?

A:You can start to add small amounts of salt (half the amount you add for yourself) and you can add half teaspoon of butter or ghee to food like khichdi. At 13 months many babies don't walk. If he is crawling fast and standing with support he will walk by the age of 15 months. This is normal. As regards using curd for bathing I would suggest you use a mild moisturising soap only on areas like the armpits or the diaper area where it may be necessary. If the skin is dry add a spoonfull of baby oil to the bath water to prevent dryness. Using curd especially in humid weather may predispose to skin infections or allergies.


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