When can my baby eat spicy foods?

Q: When can my baby start eating spicy foods?

A: The doctors we polled recommend offering your baby foods the way you prepare them as soon as you start introducing table food. That way, you teach your baby to eat the way you eat. Yes, even your curry-spiced chicken is okay to try! Seasoning your child's food can help train his palette to accept a variety of flavors as he grows up. So sprinkle some cinnamon in his oatmeal, for example, or add a dash of garlic to pasta. Just remember to treat each herb or spice like a new food and wait a few days before introducing anything else -- so on the off chance your child has a reaction, you'll know exactly what caused it.

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