Baby’s first food

Baby’s first food

Q: When is the best time to introduce cereal into a baby’s diet?

A: Using Goldilocks-style wisdom, doctors caution new parents to avoid giving a baby cereal too soon–or too late. The “just right” time is between 4 and 6 months of age, say University of Colorado doctors writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Offering cereal before 4 months or after 7 months increases the child’s risk of developing antibodies to cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. The presence of these antibodies raises the risk of Type I, or juvenile, diabetes. The study followed 1,183 children and found that those who were fed cereal before 4 months or after 7 months had more than a four-times greater risk for these antibodies.–S.R.

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