Nowadays, we are seeing a trend that parents are introducing their children to solid food too soon. Investigator Chloe M. Barrera said: “Introducing babies to complementary foods too early can cause them to miss out on important nutrients that come from breast milk and infant formula.”
“Conversely, introducing them to complementary foods too late has been associated with micronutrient deficiencies, allergies, and poorer diets later in life.”
According to the doctors, babies should be introduced to solid or complementary food at around six months of age.
Researchers also said that efforts to support caregivers, families, and healthcare providers may be needed to ensure that U.S. children are achieving recommendations on the timing food introduction.
Author’s take: The study was particularly focussed in the US, but this is happening across the globe. Parents should know that there is a right time to provide your baby complimentary food. Before that, mother’s milk is enough.