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Salt added to 4 month old's purees

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#1 Betty_D

Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:44 AM

I've been around EB long enough to know that it can be a bit hit and miss when it comes to M&CH nurses. I've been lucky to have wonderful nurses in my local area, however my friend who lives elsewhere seems to have drawn a short straw.  

Her bub is 4 months old and has just started solids. Her nurse told her that it is important that she adds table salt to her baby's purees or to rice cereal, as it's vital that her kidneys adapt to processing salt from an early age. ohmy.gif

I should add that the baby has no medical issues / reasons etc for needing salt.

I'm just speechless. I tried explaining that her bub doesn't need it and that, if anything, she'll get exposure to salt in good time through bread / cheese etc without needing to actually add it to purees.

However, my friend is the type of person who takes medical opinions as gospel, and has followed the nurse's advice. I've suggested she give her paediatrician or local GP a call for a second opinion.

Has anyone else heard of this theory? Have I been living under an iodised rock? Or, is this nurse just downright silly?  unsure.gif

#2 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:02 AM

The nurse is an idiot and your friend should report her idiotic advice to someone higher up at the early childhood centre. And quit putting salt on her baby's food.

#3 katpaws

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:05 AM

A quick Google search comes up with plenty of baby information sites that say "no salt". I am sure that on the massive amount of baby information i received from the MCHN it said no salt. Maybe if you show your friend these sort of resources??

#4 Giota

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:07 AM

That is crazy! Here is a link from the NHS which gives good advice. Click here

#5 mommyoffour

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:08 AM

Good Lord! Way to give a baby kidney problems... ohmy.gif

What Swahili said.

#6 suline

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:11 AM

I don't believe a child health nurse would ever say that!

#7 Lagom

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:15 AM

Is it possible (!?) that she misheard?  That's ludicrous.  Surely a MCHN would not spout such rubbish.... or would they?  IMHO it is worth reporting so someone can set her straight.

#8 Diana_Barry

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

Someone has misunderstood & got things backwards. Either the nurse or your friend.

#9 Betty_D

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:20 AM

QUOTE (WollongongGirl @ 21/12/2012, 12:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That is crazy! Here is a link from the NHS which gives good advice. Click here

Thanks for the link, WollongongGirl. I'll definitely pass it on. I'm known to be quite retentive about my DS' salt / sugar intake, so it's nice to have something tangible to give her.

QUOTE (suline @ 21/12/2012, 12:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't believe a child health nurse would ever say that!

I wish I was joking! I'm tempted to report her, but who knows how seriously they'll take it given the comments weren't actually said to me. My friend certainly won't report it. If she speaks to her local GP, hopefully they will escalate it / speak directly to the nurse.

#10 JoMarch

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:22 AM

QUOTE (amabanana @ 21/12/2012, 11:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is it possible (!?) that she misheard?  That's ludicrous.  Surely a MCHN would not spout such rubbish.... or would they?  IMHO it is worth reporting so someone can set her straight.

My thoughts...maybe your friend mishead/misunderstood??  I really really hope a MCHN would not advise a parent to add salt to their babies food....AT 4 MONTHS OLD (or any age)!!  Very strange if that was in fact her advise.

#11 Diana_Barry

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:24 AM

Just wanted to add to my previous comment: I do think there's been a misunderstanding, but as long as her baby is healthy & she's not adding truckloads, I doubt it will do the bub any serious harm.

#12 podg

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:29 AM

Is she maybe talking about iodine?
And no, I don't think she should be adding table salt, regardless of iodine worries.

#13 Tesseract

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:40 AM

To all those saying they don't believe it, well believe it. My MCHN told me to give my 3.5 month old (thriving, exclusively breastfed) rice cereal in a bottle.

I've also had a GP tell me to threaten to wack my toddler for waking up in the night.

I wasn't hallucinating. It takes all kinds.

OP the report will mean less coming from you, but if others have made reports too then it may add credence to the concern. And what she has suggested is pretty atrocious.

#14 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:39 PM

QUOTE (Diana_Barry @ 21/12/2012, 12:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just wanted to add to my previous comment: I do think there's been a misunderstanding, but as long as her baby is healthy & she's not adding truckloads, I doubt it will do the bub any serious harm.

Well, yes, it could harm the baby. Added salt is not great for anyone's cardiac or renal health, let a 4 MONTH old.

#15 CallMeFeral

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:44 PM

And I thought mine was bad for telling me to front face DD as soon as she hit 6 months (at about 6kg!) and that keeping her rear facing was dangerous...  rolleyes.gif
I hate that they get to give this advice to people who will actually believe them sad.gif

#16 Feral_Pooks

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:46 PM

I find it believable. In my MG one lady was told to give her 6 month old meat at every meal, another was cautioned away from BLW lest the poppet choke and die, another was told it is "too hard" to ever BF your first baby, so to give herself a break and try with number 2- she had no problems BFing at all.

Unfortuately there is a lot of bad advice out there. Can she call the MCHN helpline and get some advice, give feedback and perhaps change nurses?

My nurse gives all the standard advice I could get from leaflets, mostly, but has still had some doozies, and I've learned to smile and nod and do what is right for us, but it took me 3-6 months to figure that out.

#17 Soontobegran

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:54 PM

If she did say that then she needs to be reported to the council if it is a council run MCHC.

I hear things on here that I can not imagine that my highly trained colleagues say but apparently they do.
MCHN are not supposed to be numbnuts. They get taught the same stuff as the rest of us and how they manage to ignore this blows my mind.
Do not put up with it...there are plenty of excellent MCHN's out there.

#18 lynneyours

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:57 PM

I believe it.  My GP (who supposedly specialised in children) in the UK told me I should be giving DD1 (6 months old) 2 LITRES of water a day in a bottle.  I queried her THREE times on it, asking if she was sure. She confirmed THREE times.  mad.gif

I swapped GP's after that.  I didn't even bother asking for a second opinion or looking it up.  Such bad advice didn't warrant the time....

It worries me that medical people can give such dangerous advice and not be hauled over the coals tbh.

#19 Natttmumm

Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:00 PM

Sounds to me like shes adding salt so the baby eats it and saying the nurse said that. I dont think a nurse would say that. sory im skeptical

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