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Diabetes Forecast

The Healthy Living Magazine

Try Giving Baby Solids at 4 to 5 Months

When a baby first tastes solid food may influence his or her risk for type 1 diabetes, a study found. Starting in 1994, parents of newborns at high genetic risk for developing type 1 began keeping records of their infants' eating habits from birth. Of the 1,835 children in the study, 53 have so far been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The researchers found that children who'd had their first solid food experience at 4 or 5 months old, while still breast-feeding, were at the lowest risk for type 1. The authors say it's best to introduce your baby to solid foods at 4 to 5 months of age and better still to do so while the child is still breast-feeding.
Source:JAMA Pediatrics, published online July 8, 2013

 
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