When Should Babies Start Eating Solid Food?
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Introducing solid food before your baby reaches 4 months of age raises the risk of increased weight gain and obesity, both in infancy and later in early childhood. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocates waiting until your baby is at least 6 months old to introduce solids, and definitely not introducing solid food before the age of 4 months. Physicians’ groups settled on the 6-month cut-off after earlier research determined that children who get solid food at too early might be at a greater risk for developing chronic diseases, such as. There are good reasons why we say wait until the 6-month age to begin giving your baby solid food: Solid foods aren’t as nutritious as breast milk or formula. Solid food can be lower in good nutrition and higher in calories, which can cause obesity.
Solid foods are harder to swallow. Why 6 months of age is ideal for beginning solids. Your baby shows an interest in food others are eating.
Your baby sits up with little or no support. Your baby holds her head up. Your baby picks up soft foods. Your baby puts those foods in her mouth.
Your baby keeps her tongue in the bottom of her. In fact, feeding solids too early can lead to problems with food allergies, pulmonary difficulties (from inhaling tiny bits of cereal into their lungs), constipation and other tummy troubles. Some experts also worry that starting solids too soon might contribute to obesity later in life because a baby learns to take in calories that she doesn’t need. In addition, infants under six months haven’t had the chance to fully develop the diversity of gut bacteria needed to safely process solid food.
This can lead to a number of gastrointestinal. Starting your baby on solid food before 4 months introduces food when your baby’s immune and digestive systems aren’t fully equipped to properly process food and defend against potential allergens. Giving your baby solid food too soon has been linked to a higher risk of obesity and diabetes, according to the study. Also, “starting infants. Waiting too long might: Slow a baby’s growth Cause iron deficiency in breast-fed babies Delay oral motor function Cause an aversion to solid foods. One is that the early introduction of solid foods has been linked to a shorter duration of breast -feeding.
Early solid food consumption has.
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