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Babies who are chewing or gumming well can eat oranges after 6 months of age, says pediatrician Ari Brown, co-author of Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby's First Year. Other citrus fruits, such as grapefruit and tangerines, are also fine.
But prepare citrus fruits carefully, because they can be choking hazards. "Before giving your child a piece of orange, pick out any seeds, and peel all the rind and membrane off, as they are difficult to chew and can cause a young child to gag or choke," says Susan Moores, a registered dietitian in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Always cut citrus fruit into bite-size pieces until your child is 4 years old and can chew food well. Larger pieces may seem soft and easy to chew, but they're slippery and can inadvertently slide down your child's throat and cause choking.
Finally, after introducing any new food, wait at least three days before moving on to the next new food. That way you can monitor for any reaction and know what's causing it. In addition to allergies, citrus can aggravate gastroesophageal reflux and lead to diaper rash.