When to Introduce Solid Foods

by drnieman on March 19, 2013

in Child

The experts tell us at 6 months.

But here is what happens when there are many cooks in the kitchen…..not all experts play on the same team.

So in January 2013 the Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology published data which tells parents to introduce solids at 4 months—things like soy, milk, nuts and shellfish even before one year!

This is another U-turn in medicine. (In 2000 the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that milk eggs and peanuts be put off till later)

Food allergies affect 5% of children under the age of 5 years.

But between 1997 and 2007 the incidence of food allergies for children under age 18 years increased by 18%

Incidentally when a baby has low Vit D levels the risk for food allergies is three times higher

But here is the bottom line re food allergies. Another expert from the famous Johns Hopkins Hospital says this “You can do whatever you want because we are not sure what makes a difference”
Stay tuned meanwhile for more advice from experts….no wonder folks are getting confused

My own advice? Lots of fruits and vegetables starting at age 6 months. Plain. Simple. Safe. Proven by time and logic.

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