March 25th, 2013
02:36 PM ET
Too-early solid food could lead to problems for babies
At least 40% of moms are feeding their infants solid foods far too early, according a new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, and that may lead to problems for their children later in life.
Researchers wanted to know how many babies were being fed solid foods (including cereal and baby food) sooner than recommended, whether breast-feeding or formula feeding made a difference and why solids were being introduced early. When the study began in 2005, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which also publishes the journal Pediatrics, recommended introducing solid foods when babies were between 4 and 6 months old.
In 2012, the AAP changed those recommendations. Now it says babies shouldn't be eating solid food until they are about 6 months old.
Study and findings
As part of the two-year study, 1,334 mothers filed out monthly questionnaires about what their babies ate during the last week, says Kelley Scanlon, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and one of the study authors. Scientists then analyzed the data reported by the mothers to determine at which age babies were being fed solid food.
They found 539 moms, or 40% of moms, gave their babies solid food early. Previous studies had put that estimate at 19% and 29%. Researchers believe based on this study, they may actually be underestimating how many moms introduce solids early because the study was more likely to have older, more educated and higher income moms participating. "Mothers of lower socioeconomic status are at a higher risk of early solid food introduction," the study says.
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 on solids before 4 months can lead to allergies and eczema," says Dr. Jennifer Shu, an Atlanta pediatrician and AAP spokeswoman who was not involved in the research.
Among the 539 moms who did introduce solids early, nearly 1 in 10 gave their babies solids before they were 4 weeks old.
Researchers found formula-fed infants were about twice as likely to be introduced to solids early, compared to only breast-fed babies.
Moms were also given 12 reasons to choose from to explain why they introduced solid food early. Among the top answers:
Scanlon cautioned that this last point reflected a perception that health care professionals were recommending when to start an infant on solids; researchers couldn't actually confirm that's what a doctor or nurse actually said.
Shu says she was surprised by the findings, but notes that some doctors and nurses may have been trained at a time when babies were fed solids earlier and says it's hard to change behaviors when medical information changes so quickly.
"There's a lack of awareness of what the recommendations are," Scanlon says, adding babies are not developmentally ready for solid food before they are 4 months old.
Some of these moms are getting information on when to feed their babies solids "from generations (ex. grandparents, nurses, friends) who may have started their babies on solids at an earlier age," suggests Shu.
According to the latest AAP recommendations, moms are supposed to exclusively breast-feed their babies until they are about 6 months old if possible, so babies can reap all the benefits of mother's milk including extra immune protection and possible protection for future chronic illnesses like obesity and type II diabetes.
Every baby develops at a slightly different pace, but there are some signs to look for to help parents figure out if their child is ready for solids:
Parents need clear and accurate guidance on when to introduce solid food to their babies, and pediatricians and health care professionals need to support them, says Scanlon, by explaining to the parents that crying doesn't always mean the baby is hungry - it could also be wet, sick or lonely.
About this blog
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.
When I initially commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment. Is there a means you can remove me from that service? Thanks!
m11slot permainan joker yang bisa menghasilkan uang untuk anda dengan keuntungan berlimpah hanya m11 slot yang menyediakan joker123 terbaik
The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesn't fail me as much as this particular one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read through, however I actually believed you would have something useful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something that you could fix if you weren't too busy seeking attention.
I have to thank you for the efforts you've put in penning this site. I'm hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own, personal website now 😉
Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up plus the rest of the website is very good.
Very good article! We are linking to this great article on our website. Keep up the good writing.
After I initially left a comment I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the exact same comment. There has to be a means you can remove me from that service? Many thanks!
I was extremely pleased to uncover this web site. I need to to thank you for ones time just for this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every part of it and i also have you bookmarked to look at new information in your web site.
Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Many thanks, However I am encountering troubles with your RSS. I donít know the reason why I can't join it. Is there anyone else having identical RSS problems? Anybody who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!
I blog frequently and I seriously thank you for your information. Your article has truly peaked my interest. I will bookmark your blog and keep checking for new information about once per week. I subscribed to your Feed too.
Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post. Thanks for supplying these details.
Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday. It's always interesting to read content from other authors and use a little something from other web sites.
Aw, this was an extremely good post. Finding the time and actual effort to produce a top notch articleÖ but what can I sayÖ I hesitate a whole lot and never manage to get anything done.
This is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate infoÖ Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!
After looking at a handful of the articles on your web site, I seriously like your technique of writing a blog. I saved it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my website too and let me know how you feel.
Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post. Thanks for providing this information.
bookmarked!!, I like your website!
Iím amazed, I have to admit. Seldom do I encounter a blog thatís equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something which not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I'm very happy that I stumbled across this in my hunt for something concerning this.
Read this article on how I stop my hair loss: https://bit.ly/3gJqhQH
I'm excited to find this web site. I want to to thank you for ones time for this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it and I have you book marked to look at new things on your site.
Howdy, I do think your blog might be having browser compatibility problems. When I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in I.E., it's got some overlapping issues. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Aside from that, great site!
Great website. Thank you for the information learning conversational spanish
Itís hard to find educated people about this subject, however, you seem like you know what youíre talking about! Thanks
Excellent article. I definitely love this site. Thanks!
tadalafil citrate https://pharmaceptica.com/
I blog often and I truly appreciate your content. This great article has really peaked my interest. I'm going to bookmark your website and keep checking for new details about once per week. I subscribed to your Feed too.
Your style is very unique compared to other people I have read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this site.