Timing of Food Introduction in Infants Linked to Type I Diabetes

According to the results of this research, the optimal time-frame for introduction of solid foods in infants is between 4  months and 6 months. If introduced sooner or later, the risk of development of Type I diabetes doubles. More research is needed because I suspect that the typically recommended foods is also involved, specifically grains, and more specifically gluten. I advise parents to watch for signs of readiness for food introduction including the ability to sit, eruption of teeth, and the babies desire to eat. Then I advise that first foods be limited to specific vegetables and to wait to introduce fruits until 9 months. Still, let’s not ignore this info–just put it in perspective. If you have questions about food introduction for your infant, please schedule an appointment.

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