THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) – More than half of parents in the United States begin feeding their babies solid foods before 6 months of age, the age now recommended by experts in the United States. health, a new study indicates.
The introduction of solid foods or new drinks too soon could deprive them of nutrients, the researchers warned. Waiting too long can also have negative effects, they said.
"Introducing infants to complementary foods too soon may cause them to lose important nutrients from breast milk and infant formula, but to present them to complementary foods too late has been associated with micronutrient deficiencies, allergies and poorer diets in life, "said the study's principal investigator, Chloe Barrera.
Barrera is from the National Center for the Prevention of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study included a nationally representative group of infants included in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2014. The researchers analyzed the intake of almost 1,500 babies between 6 months and 3 years.
The parents of the babies were asked when they gave their babies more than breast milk or formula, including cow's milk, water, and sugar water.
Researchers discovered that babies fed exclusively with breastmilk or breastfed for less than 4 months had more prob abilities introduced into food too soon . The study showed that almost one third of babies in the United States. UU Food at the appropriate age of about 6 months.
But more than half starts too early. About 16 percent received complementary foods before 4 months, and about 38 percent started with solids or other beverages at 5 months of age, the study found. Meanwhile, almost 13 percent of babies do not eat solid foods until they were 7 months or older.
The results of the study were published on January 4 in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics .
Recommendations on when to introduce solid foods to babies have changed significantly in recent decades, the authors noted. They noted that the US Department of Agriculture UU And the Department of Health and Human Services expects to publish the first federal dietary guidelines for children under 2 in 2020.
"Efforts may be needed to support caregivers, families and health care providers" for ensure that US children UU they are making recommendations about the timing of food introduction, "Barrera said in a magazine news release.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides more information on the initiation of solid foods.
SOURCE: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics press release, January 4, 2018