How to Make Baby Congee Rice Soup

Babies and small children have very sensitive digestive systems, as we wrote in our post Why Babies & Children Get Sick. They need to eat warm food that nourishes but does not strain their bodies. Congee, or rice soup, is the go to food in China for babies and small children! Keep reading for a step-by-step guide with photos on how to make this super food for your little ones! It’s super simple and great for adults too!

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Feeding Schedule for Your Child

Infants and toddlers should eat specific foods that support and strengthen their digestive systems. Their stomachs and spleens are weak and need extra care.

When to feed your children is just as important as what to feed them. You should think about your child’s digestive health looking at daily and yearly, or seasonal, cycles. Paying attention to mealtimes each day, and what children eat over the course of the year, will help you improve digestion for your little ones and the whole family!

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When & How to Introduce Solid Foods to Your Child

Is your child picking up food from your plate? Is she showing an interest in different foods at the table? Can your baby sit up securely? Is your baby starting to put food in his mouth?

If the answer to these questions is yes, this is the time to methodically introduce solid food. You will usually see these signs at 6 months of age.

At this stage, great care is needed to shape your child’s taste buds to appreciate the flavors and aromas of nourishing foods. It’s easy to gravitate to giving children sweets, but once you go down that road, it’s hard to refine your child’s palate.

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Solid Food for Your Infant or Toddler

According to Chinese medicine, before digestion can take place in the stomach, EVERYTHING must be warm and soft like a soup – ideally 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Adults can warm cold and raw foods by chewing and producing more digestive fluids. Infants and toddlers don’t have the same ability. Therefore, once your start introducing foods around 6 month of age, food should be cooked to body temperature or just a little above or below.

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Why Babies & Children Get Sick

Most children’s complaints revolve around a central key issue – DIGESTION.

Children’s Delicate Digestive Systems

In Chinese medicine pediatrics, children are not seen a miniature-adults. Their bodies are physically and functionally immature, according to Chinese medicine, and need special care and treatment. Their digestive systems, including their bowels, are seen as delicate and not yet complete. Many ancient Chinese texts remind us of this fact over and over and caution parents and practitioners to treat children as the beautiful, developing humans they are.

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